The Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt, anchored Jamaica to victory in the 4×100 relay Saturday night in a world-record 36.84 seconds at Olympic Stadium to capture his third gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
He’s unbeaten as an Olympian, winning the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay at back-to-back Games.
“It’s always a beautiful thing to end off like this,” Bolt said. “We did it last year at the world championships. For me it’s a wonderful feeling.”
“We ran as a team and handled the pressure pretty well,” Blake said. “Usain Bolt has been motivating me all along.”
Frater expected something big.
“We knew that the U.S. would run a fast race,” he said. “We are obviously delighted with the world record.”
The U.S. lineup of Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gayand Ryan Bailey finished second at 37.04, breaking the one-day-old American record set Friday in the preliminary heat and tying the old world record.
The USA had no problem passing the baton, which had been an issue of late in major championships. Bailey, in fact, had a slight advantage when he took the stick from Gay, but Bolt, being Bolt, blew past him and into bedlam.
In the end, Jamaica dominated the sprint rivalry with the USA on the men’s side. Jamaica took six medals, and all three golds, in the 100, 200 and 4×100. The USA ended up with two: Gatlin’s bronze in the 100, and the silver in the 4×100.
There was a delay of a couple of minutes before the official results were posted because of a challenge. Canada, which initially came across in third place, was disqualified, elevating Trinidad to the bronze medal.
Bolt pleaded with track officials to be allowed to keep the record-setting baton. After his appeal was initially rejected,
After the medal ceremony, Usain Bolt stood on the track and led the cheering throng in a round of the wave.
“It’s been amazing,” Bolt said of his experience in London, then tossing out kudos to the crowd. “I love you guys.”
When asked if it would be a quiet night for Bolt, now that his racing is done.
“No it will not,” Bolt said, as the crowd roared.
“This was my goal,” Bolt told reporters. “I’ve done that so right now I’m going to sit down and think about it. But I’m going to the city tonight to celebrate.”
Bolt has been talking all week about becoming a legend.
The Games’ head organizer, Sebastian Coe, called Bolt “a powerful influence.”
Coe also has no problem with Bolt’s showmanship and says, “It’s great that our sport captures those great moments.”
- Canada disqualified in men’s 4×100-metre relay (theprovince.com)
- Olympics: Jamaica, U.S. set up for showdown in 4×100-meter men’s relay in London (mercurynews.com)
- US, Jamaica advance easily in Olympic relay (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Bolt wins 3rd London gold in 4×100 relay (nbcolympics.com)