Bolt storms into history books
Usain Bolt won Olympic gold in the 100m final
Usain Bolt fulfilled his dream of becoming a "legend" of the sport by successfully defending his Olympic 100 metres title in stunning style in London.
The Jamaican athlete was only fifth quickest out of the blocks but was quickly into his running and stormed to victory in 9.63 seconds, the second quickest in history and an Olympic record. Only Bolt himself has run quicker with his world record of 9.58secs set in winning the world title in Berlin in 2009.
Reigning world champion and training partner Yohan Blake took silver in 9.75s to equal his personal best, with 2004 Olympic champion Justin Gatlin taking the bronze in 9.79.
The first seven men all broke 10 seconds, but the chances of all eight doing so for the first time ever were ruined when the unfortunate Asafa Powell, the third Jamaican in the final, suffered an injury shortly before the line and limped home in 11.99.
Bolt said he knew from his run in the heat he was in the right kind of form to win the title, and he told BBC1: "I was happy. When I went out in the first round I felt I could do this. I was slightly worried about my start, I didn't want to false start again.
"I think I sat in the blocks a little bit so I don't think it's the best reaction in the world but I executed and that was the key. My coach said, 'stop worrying about the start, the best part of your race is at the end, that's where you rule'.
"So I stopped worrying about the start and I executed."
Asked about the people who had doubted him, Bolt said: "I'm not concerned. I've said it from the start, people can talk, all they can do is talk. I tell you people that when it comes to the championships it's all about business to me and I brought it."
Bolt enjoyed the atmosphere of the Olympic Stadium, and he added: "It was wonderful. I knew it was going to be like this. There wasn't a doubt in my mind that it was going to be loud and it was going to be great and you can feel that energy. So I feel extremely good and I'm happy."
Meanwhile, Kenya's Ezekiel Kemboi won gold in the men's 3000m steeplechase, while Hungary's Krisztian Pars claimed gold in the men's hammer with a throw of 80.59m.