Usain Bolt’s victory march on the eve of Jamaican Independence

Usain Bolt true to his name came like a bolt from the blue and silenced his critics and doubters with an emphatic victory in the Olympic 100 meters and rating himself as the world’s fastest man. This Jamaican made his country proud on the eve of its 50th independence anniversary by claiming gold at the London Olympics in just 9.63 seconds. His training partner and Jamaican colleague Yohan Blake took the silver medal making a double bonanza for their country. Even before the event, compatriot Shelly-Ann-Fraser-Pryce already made headlines by retaining the 100-meters women title.

Some of the sport enthusiasts were in doubt on Bolt about his capacity and capability to win a second successive gold in the blue ribald spirit after suffering back problems, getting disqualified for a false start in the last year’s world championship and losing to Blake in the Jamaican trails.  However, crashing their doubts to the ground, Bolt zoomed past the track to win in 9.63 seconds which is an Olympic record and is the second faster time ever even behind his own world record of 9.58 seconds. The American athlete Justin Gatlin took bronze.

Jamaicans celebrated Usain Bolt’s victory with cheers with plastic horns blaring, pot covers were banged and motorists honked their horns that despite being unable to make the transatlantic journey themselves. Some of the Jamaicans compared the accomplishments of Bolt with those of another popular Jamaican icon Bob Marley. Usain Bolt – the 25 years old sporting phenomenon entered the history books as the sprinter who crossed the line as the winner in two successive men’s 100 meter finals. It was 0.05 seconds down the world record that Bolt clocked at the World Championships in Berlin three years ago but this was faster than his winning run at the Beijing Olympics that was 9.69 seconds.


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