Usain Bolt just won his second-straight 100-meter gold medal in an Olympic record 9.63 seconds. A lot of people thought fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake would beat him, but in the end it wasn't even all that close. Blake got the silver, and USA's Justin Gatlin won the bronze.
Here's how the race went down:
Bolt was his usual loose self in the moments before the race:
The crowd went nuts when they announced his name, but he told them to hush:
When all the other runners were down and ready to race, a focused Bolt took one final look at the track in front of him:
Bolt got out to a good start, and halfway through the race, he had a tiny lead:
But as they raced toward the line, Bolt took a commanding lead:
And when they hit the line, Bolt won by a comfortable margin:
Here he is on his victory lap:
He pounds his chest before the crowd:
Obviously, he struck his famous pose:
Here's the start list:
We're just a few minutes away from the most anticipated event of the Olympics — the men's 100m dash.
Usain Bolt exploded onto the scene in this event four years ago. But this year he'll have a stern challenge in his good friend and training partner, Yohan Blake of Jamaica.
The race gets underway at 4:50pm eastern, and we'll be here with live updates.
USA's Justin Gatlin qualified first in the semis with a 9.82. Blake qualified second with a 9.85. And Bolt qualified third with a 9.87 after jogging the last few meters.
Bolt's world record is 9.58, and that could be threatened tonight.
Get excited, this is going to be great.
Here's what Yohan Blake looks like. He's way shorter than Bolt, but much stronger (this was during the semifinals today):
And here's Bolt, in typical Bolt fashion, being goofy after jogging to a 9.87 in the semifinals:
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