Usain Bolt sensationally defended his coveted title as the fastest man on the planet tonight 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.
After the race, Bolt said: ‘I was happy when I went out in the first round, I felt I could do this.
‘I said it on the track, people can talk, all they can do is talk. When it comes to championships I bring it.
‘I knew [the crowd] would be like this, I can feel that energy and I am extremely happy.’