There was standing room only this morning as students packed into the library to see the final of the Olympic Games men’s 100 metres event. The race was won by Usain Bolt, from Jamaica, who set a new Olympic record time of 9.63 seconds beating his own 2008 record of 9.69 seconds.
The top three athletes in the men’s 100 metres race were:
Usain Bolt (Jamaica) 9.63 seconds
Yohan Blake (Jamaica) 9.75 seconds
Justin Gatlin (USA) 9.79 seconds
It is amazing to think that over a hundred years ago the men’s 100 metres was won in a time of 10.8 seconds; this was in 1908 by Reggie Walker from South Africa. It was Carl Lewis from the USA who first broke the Olympic record with a time under 10 seconds.
Yohan Blake (only 22 years of age), who was second, and Justin Gatlin (30 years of age) , who was third, both did extremely well to record personal best times in this exciting race. Usain Bolt’s gold medal will also be an early birthday present as he celebrates his 26th birthday on the 21st August.