Track Stars Steal Show In London

Usain Bolt and one British hero heat up the Olympic track in record fashion on Sunday.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

Usain Bolt is back. Ok, he actually never left, but he did have his doubters coming into Sunday’s 100 meter final. Half way through the race he was in third to last place too. It’s a good thing they have the second 50 meters because that’s when Bolt truly flies down the track.

Usain won gold in record fashion as he set an Olympic 100 meter record of 9.68 seconds. He also became the first man since Carl Lewis to win the 100 meter in back-to-back Olympics. He didn’t do too bad for a runner many were saying was past his prime.

"Means a lot, because a lot of people were doubting me. A lot of people were saying I wasn't going to win, I didn't look good. There was a lot of talk," Bolt said. "It's an even greater feeling to come out here and defend my title and show the world I'm still No. 1, I'm still the best."

The Jamaican Yohan Blake took the silver in 9.75 and the American Justin Gatlin took bronze. It was a blazing fast final with every runner that finished the record getting under the 10 second mark.

While Bolt dominated the shortest event on the track, Mo Farah set a record in the longest. Mo Farah became the first British runner ever to win the men’s 10,000 meter race and he did it in dramatic fashion.

The Kenyan runners Kiprop and Muchiri lead most of the way as Farah stayed mid-pack. Then with less than a lap to go he exploded from the pack and started a long continued kick that buried the competition. He wasn’t expected to win the event and was flying below most of the top competitor's radars.

'I can't believe it,' said Farah. 'I've never experienced something like this. It doesn't come round often to have this on your door step and the amount of people supporting me, shouting out your name – it's never going to get better. This is the best moment of my life.'

Prince William and Duchess Catherine cheered Farah to the finish line.  Farah will go down in British history alongside David Bannister, as one of their all-time great distance runners.

 

Medal Count:

China  61

USA  60

Great Britain  37

Russia  35

Japan  27

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