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Usain “Lightning” Bolt sets new Olympic record

Usain Bolt wins 100m; sets Olympic recordDuring this year’s preparation for the Olympics (London 2012), defending Olympics champion and world record holder, Usain Bolt, was beaten by his countryman and training partner, Yohan Blake, in both 100M and 200M races. As a result, the sporting world was split on who the current “world’s fastest man” is.

At about 8:00 PM London time, the world got their answer. It was Usain “like lightning” Bolt who won in Olympic record time of 9.64 (originally 9.69) ahead of Blake (9.75) and American Justin Gatlin (9.79).

I’d say the worlds’s fastest man is still Usain Bolt, regardless of what happens in the 200M later this week.

Tyson Gay finished 4th in 9.80 and, not surprisingly, Asafa Powell pulled up and finished in 11.99. Seven men ran under 10.00. If Powell hadn’t pulled up, he might’ve finished between 4th and 6th.

Congratulations to Bolt and Blake. Please log in and say your piece here.

Fraser-Price strikes gold first for Jamaica

In the women’s 100M track and field sprint finals today, it was Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price winning Jamaica’s first gold of the 2012 Olympic Games.

1 FRASER-PRYCE Shelly-Ann 10.75
2 JETER Carmelita 10.78
3 CAMPBELL-BROWN Veronica 10.81

In the same race, Jamaica’s other sprint queen Veronica Campbell-Brown ran a season best 10.81 to finish 3rd, picking up bronze behind Carmelita Jeter of the USA who finished 2nd in a season best of 10.78. Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago finished 6th in 10.94.

What can we say about Fraser-Price? The young lady comes through when it counts… big.

Tomorrow, we will see what the men do. Some people predict 1-2-3 Jamaica. My prediction is that there will be 4-6 Caribbean athletes in the men’s 100M final tomorrow. If I am right, and 3 are Jamaicans, the expectations will be extremely high. The Americans (USA) and other Caribbean athletes may have an uphill battle but should not be ruled out.