Usain Bolt sensationally defended his title as the fastest man on the planet last night as he sprinted to glory in an Olympic record time of 9.63 seconds.
In front of a global TV audience estimated at up to two billion, the 25 year-old Jamaican answered all the questions about his fitness and state of mind to retain his 100-metre sprint crown in what had been billed ‘the greatest’ race of London 2012 – and certainly the most anticipated.
Known around the world as ‘Lightning Bolt’, he lived up to the legend to run the second-fastest time ever and beat his fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake, who claimed silver with a time of 9.75, and American Justin Gatlin, who won bronze in 9.79.
Left trailing were Americans Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey. Bolt's fellow Jamaican, Asafa Powell, pulled up injured during the race and came last.
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