After The Bolt Show

2012-08-06 08:14

Usain Bolt was the hottest piece of news at the Games last night.

He delivered a breathtaking show in 9.63 seconds as he set the Games’ new record during the 100m final – a performance that left American top gun Tyson Gay in tears.

“I said over the years that it was going to be the best 100m race. When it comes to the championships this is what I do,” Bolt told throngs of print journalists who waited almost two hours before the tall sprinter eventually arrived at the mixed zone shortly after 11pm.

The Jamaican eclipsed the record he had set in Beijing, China, four years ago.

In the process he dragged his chasers into personal best performances (PB) and seven out of the eight finalists clocked under 10 seconds.

Bolt’s compatriot Yohan Blake took silver in 9.75 (PB) and American Justin Gatlin got into the bronze spot in 9.79 (PB).

Gay (4th) missed out despite churning out a season best 9.80.

Another American, Ryan Bailey, clocked a personal best 9.88 for 5th, Churandy Martina of Holland 9.94 (6th), Trinidad and Tobago’s Richard Thompson 9.98 (7th) while former world record holder Jamaican Asafa Powell hobbled home last in 11.99.

Said Bolt: “I love people to come out and see what I’m gonna do today, tomorrow. I enjoy showing them the joy I get because they give me the energy to do so.”

With the 200m race still to come tomorrow, Bolt said winning the 100m “means (I’m) one step closer to being a legend”.

Prior to “the Bolt show”, South Africa’s own athletics poster boy Oscar Pistorius was on the stage but could not advance to the 400m final.

His exit last night followed that of another disappointing result for Team SA in the women’s marathon.

» Team SA on Day 9

Athletics

Men’s 400m semifinals: Oscar “Blade Runner” Pistorius finished last with a slower time of 46.54.

Women’s marathon: Rene Kalmer was the first South African home at position 35 in 2:30.51.

Tanith Maxwell finished at 81st in 2:40 while Irvette van Blerk retired 15km into the race due to a sprained Achilles tendon.

Hockey (men)

Pakistan beat South Africa 5-4 in Group A

» Who to watch today

Athletics
Men’s 800m heats: Andre Olivier (10:50am, SA time)

Hockey (women)
SA vs USA (11:45am)

Sailing
Men’s 470 race 7 (1pm); race 8 (2:15pm)

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