London 2012: Lightning strikes twice for Bolt
22:33 05 August 2012
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Olympic 100 metres: Jamaican confirms his status as the greatest by retaining title
Usain Bolt proved he is the greatest sprinter of all time as he retained his Olympic 100 metre title in stunning style.
The Jamaican did so by setting set a new Olympic record time of 9.63 seconds the second fastest time ever after his own world record of 9.58.
There had been doubts about his form and fitness with many questioning his ability to repeat the world beating win of four years ago in Beijing, especially after the emergence of countryman, training partner and current world champion Yohan Blake.
Bolt was disqualified from that race in Daegu last year for false starting, while he also played second fiddle to the new kid on the sprinting block in the Jamaican national trials for the London Games.
But despite a slow start in the final- the fifth quickest - he soon put clear daylight between him and his protege, who claimed silver with 9.75 seconds.
American 2004 Olympic champion Justin Gatlin came in third with a personal best of 9.79 seconds but the night was all about the biggest name in athletics who took on the four fastest men of all time and proved himself a true legend.
Bolt admitted he knew from his run in the heat he was in the right kind of form to win the title.
"I was happy," he said. "When I went out there 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, thats 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 its all about business to me and I brought it."
Bolt enjoyed the atmosphere of the Olympic Stadium.
"It was wonderful," he said. "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."
Bolts oft-stated hopes of becoming a legend had looked in doubt after he lost twice to Blake at the Jamaican trials and needed treatment on a stiff back which was causing hamstring problems.
However, the 25-year-old insisted last week he was fit and ready to compete and proved it in emphatic style after easing through the heats and semi-finals.
A lightning fast track had even raised hopes Bolt could break his own world record, and even though that was not possible, a capacity 80,000 crowd had no complaints as cries of "Usain, Usain" rang out around the stadium.