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Usain Bolt wins 100 metres — your views

August 16, 2008

Bolt wins 100 metres gold medal

Usain Bolt of Jamaica won the Olympic 100 metres on Saturday, shattering the world record in the process with a time of 9.69 seconds.

Bolt thumped his chest in celebration as he crossed the line, after leaving Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago (silver) and American Walter Dix (bronze) trailing at the Bird’s Nest Stadium.

Asafa Powell finished out of the medals, while Tyson Gay was eliminated in the semi-finals.

Bolt had looked capable of running an extremely fast time as he ambled through the heats and so it proved in Beijing on Saturday as he pulled off a win that will live long in the memory.

But what do you think of his achievement? Let us know in the comments. We’ll have more on this later, but for now, here’s another photo:

bolton over the line

Reuters photos: Gary Hershorn (top), Jerry Lampen (bottom)

Comments

Amazing finish………..way to go

 

It certainly is true that his cockiness towards the end leads us to wonder how fast could he have gone… he really needs to check that coz when others come (as they will and they have a kick) he will leave to regret his constant turning back to see who is behind him

But the Bolt of lightning has shown what he is made of

Posted by Niks | Report as abusive
 

Wonderful, simply wonderful. What a race, what a lovely guy who will prove to be an amazing ambassador for Jamaica. Great, terrific, fantastic! We are so pround of you. Words caan’ dun!

Posted by gina | Report as abusive
 

Bolt to the world! Warning to athletes out there….. watch Jamrock ..many more yutes dey ya fi buss pon di scene. IOC and WADA clear the way.

Posted by scud | Report as abusive
 

Now THIS is a world record. I love Phelps, but Usain Bolt just up-ended the whole thing. Kids all over the world run. How many third world kids have access to pools – and “training” for swimming? Usain is amazing.

 

What a shame that he didn’t finish at full speed- a true champion would not quit until the race was over. It’s a shame because he’s a great sprinter, but it just didn’t seem very sportsmanlike to me.

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I just got the feeling he knew he could run much faster, pretty much whenever he wants, and so he thought he may as well make the most of the occasion and really enjoy himself.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive
 

WE NEED TO JUST RE- NAME JAMAICA SPRINT FACTORY > BECUASE WE ARE GOING TO GET THE MAN AND WOMAN GOLD MEDAL IN 1OOM , 200M AND 4*100M > LET JUST DO THAT THANK WE GON WITH A BEIJING > LOL WE NEED FULL COVEAGE > THANK YOU I LOVE IT LOL
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WE GON THE ALL THE A BEIJING > YES LOL

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WE NEED TO JUST RE- NAME JAMAICA SPRINT FACTORY > BECUASE WE ARE GOING TO GET THE MAN AND WOMAN GOLD MEDAL IN 1OOM , 200M AND 4*100M > LET JUST DO THAT THANK WE GON WITH THE GOLD A BEIJING > LOL WE NEED FULL COVEAGE > THANK YOU I LOVE IT LOL
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WE GON THE ALL THE GOLD A BEIJING > YES LOL
I CAN C IT >LOL

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At 50m when Bolt came out of the pack… this funny video of man v/s cheetah on youtube came to my mind… it looked so unrealistic!

The guy looked like some kid running the 100m for the first time, he showed up, very cool, as though nothing was at stake here… and did everything usually unthinkable in a finish: slowing down, looking back at opponents, keeping a straight posture till the end. He even got through with an undone shoe… all the characteristics of an ammateur!

Posted by Nust & bolts | Report as abusive
 

Usain Bolt is the ‘Real Big Man’.

The race was spectacular, superb, wonderful, an excellent performance.

Jamaica “Wi lickle but wi talawah”.

The little island Jamaica shook at the sound of the gun, citizens in every nook and cranny got on their feet – shouting, screaming, jumping, crying, laughing, clapping, all ten fingers and toes crossed – “RUN, RUN, RUN!!

A country with ‘Out of Many, One People’, took a break to watch it’s three home grown athletes and three neighbouring Caribbean athletes, take the Beijing Olympics 100m Mens Final track, and blaze it with a vengeance.

China pepared a Birds Nest for us and and we flew off with the gold and silver medals, and a heart filled with pride.

Congrats Usain Bolt, you showed the world that Jamaicans are not Chikens.

We Are Eagles.

No linga, No linga!

 

man hes the ‘REAL KING OF TRACKS’ !! mesmerizing sprint think hes the only one around to pass beyond his own record of 9.69 !

Posted by Sean | Report as abusive
 

What a great achievement! However it “clanked” a little bit for me that he didn’t show more respect for the event by running through the tape. Rather than cement his mark in history, maybe for all time, he looked more like a football player (undoubtedly he will be recruited) taunting his opponent by slowing down just before crossing the goal line. The taunting, the posing, the posturing…that doesn’t seem like the Olympic spirit to me.

I agree with Olympic Glory – you take your opportunities as they come. There is no guarantee there will be a next time. A little humility goes a long, long way.

Posted by Carolan | Report as abusive
 

well!
I said it this morning and it happen we gone with all the gold a beijing>lol in sprint so far so good > 2 gold n 4 2 go > this what i am seeing because i am great > and i know thats a fact> i have said this for years we are the best natural talent when i come to running fast > anyways i didn’t c 2 silver > but it happen >lol > we are doing it in a beijing gold ing the men’s and women’s 200m is next for ja >

Posted by LC >HMM | Report as abusive
 

Great run Usain. Respect to all Jamaicans on the Planet.The world now Knows where the real SPRINT FACTORY is.
I am proud to be Jamaican, we still have some some work to do but This is our moment to celebrate.

Junior,Portmore

Posted by Junior | Report as abusive
 

Can someone let me know how and what he does for training to be so fast ???he is amazing and full of life …

Posted by nabe | Report as abusive
 

A big yay to usain lightning bolt. I enjoyed the silver medalist richard thompson’s celebration rolling on the track like a baby. gotta save that video. Frasers celebration was also quite cute.

Posted by vivek | Report as abusive
 

what’s with everyone talking about Bold being cocky and unsportsmanlike because he choose to celebrate early. The guy is only 21 and still a bit amature. He runs because he can and as he said he only wanted to win and get the gold and once he realized he had done that the joy just took over. Some of you guys are just too cynical and probably forget what its like to be a 21 year old. Lighten up everyone!!!

Posted by claudette | Report as abusive
 

Bold showed no respect for the sport, his competitors or himself. It does not matter if he is 21 or 12. How does he think he gets a pay check…because people like you and me want to hear what he has to say after the race. His refusal to speak to the press is just another example of disrespect for the fans. Be humble it will get you much further in life. Someone need to knock that kid into next week and have him start showing everyone a little more respect.

Posted by Runner | Report as abusive
 

Congrats to Bolt, to all the haters out there, there was no criticizm for people like Johnson esp when he challenge D. Bailey to a 150 metre race or drug taking Justin Gatlin. The American drug reign is now coming to a end and now a non American has done the immposibble it is all hating instead of love. Why would he give the full hundred when there are other track meets to come and he can chip at his own record slowly and turn it into a show. I personally want to see him work his time very slowly down to 9.5 in about 3-4 races and take that Puma money at the same time. Ppl seem to forget that running is a Job like anything else and he has to do what is in his best interest. so go Puma Bolt! Gatorade Bolt! Endosements where are you?

Posted by bullyinc | Report as abusive
 

I don’t think it is humanly possible to run 8 flat. You do realize he pulled up with 15 meters to go. A human can only accelerate 60-65 meters than he will be deccelerating. I think he can run 9.5 seconds, but it wont be easy.

Posted by Nathan Hudson | Report as abusive
 

He cakewalked it… made it look so easy

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OK, so he’s fast — but his sportmanship leaves a lot to be desired. What’s with all the gestures when he’s introduced to the crowd — and looking back at his competitors, as if sticking out his tongue, because he’s winning. He needs a good slice of humble pie.

Posted by Bronxgirl12a | Report as abusive
 

\’usain to di flippin worl\’an to di sola\’system\’ now to all who insist that bolt lack sportsmanship, u try holding back the joy of winning an event at the highest level for an event that was never your speciality and at such a young age, when all that mattered was getting hold. DON\’T WATCH WE WATCH YUHSELF. anyways, bolt made us proud and while doing that left the world wondering how fast can he go, represent ya\’a bolt, yuh large MEK MI TEK WEY MISELF -Martin dunkirk, kingston

Posted by martin | Report as abusive
 

That is what i am talking about …………..Jamaica is the best all the way in everything.love you lightning

Posted by charlene | Report as abusive
 

It is interesting to note how Ato Boldon criticized this young man while memories are fresh of his own celebratory stance when he gained victory at significantly lower times than Bolt.

Bolt is a very young athlete who demonstrated youthful exuberance in victory. And I might add my entire household was celebrating as he headed home to the finish line. We just could not believe the magnificence of this run. The man just wanted to win and was elated with his victory. Unfortunately I detect a hint of jealousy in the criticism and so I take it with a grain of salt.

Contrast his 200 metre run, his pet event. Oh poetry in motion. A beautiful race, a determined man striking out for the world record. What a stunning achievement. Watching it was like watching a beautiful thoroughbred at the track.

Bolt I life my hat to you. Jamaica is proud.

 

Big up yuh chess yess… that makes us stand out from all the other countries of the world… I suggest that u all learn the gully creeper dance and the nuh linga dance also… its going to be very popular in weeks to come. I congratulate all the jamican athletes who participated and more over congratulate Melonie Walker in the 400m hurdles- excellent job young lady… alot of new ppl from Jamaica and are who are drug free and breaking records left right and centre…THE WORLD WILL NEVER EVER SEE ANYTHING LIKE USAIN BOLT ANYTIME SOON…NOT IN THIS WORLD OR EVEN THE NEXT. OHH…i also liked wen the USA guy lifted up Bolt after he won the 200m final and also the words spoken by GAY… disappointed with the USA girls after the 100m final though- go SHELLYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY…OK MI DONE

Posted by CHANTAL | Report as abusive
 

How would we feel if others discarded our work, our preparation, our skill, our talent, our determination and our excellence, just because they didn’t like the way we celebrated a victory?

Rather than discard him, understands where Usain Bolt’s chest thump comes from.

Marcie

 

there’s something in water in jamaica and it’s not floride

Posted by dolores | Report as abusive
 

WE GOING > WE gon >WITH ALL THE GOLD IN A BEIJING > yes lol I LOVE IT >

THE 4X100 RECORD IS NEXT WE CAN DO IT > I C IT YES >LOL YES> BOTH MEN AND WOMEN > MAYBE SHOULD THEY MIGHT CRY >LOL

Posted by LC >HMM | Report as abusive
 

WE GOING > WE gon >WITH ALL THE GOLD IN A BEIJING > yes lol I LOVE IT >

THE 4X100 RECORD IS NEXT WE CAN DO IT > I C IT YES >LOL YES> BOTH MEN AND WOMEN > MAYBE SHOULD NOT DO IT THEY MIGHT CRY >LOL
YES !!!!!!!!1

Posted by LC >HMM | Report as abusive
 

I CAN C THEM CRYING YES > WHEN WE WIN ALL THE GOLD A BEIJING > YES> LOL

Posted by LC >HMM | Report as abusive
 

BASE ON THE THE TIMES RUN > IN THE MALE AND FEMALE SPRINT EVENTS SO FAR WE( JAMAICA SHOULD BE ABLE TO SET THE RECORD THE 4X 100M BOTH MALE AND FEMALE >

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FOR THE 4X100M >CAMPBELL ON LAST LEG FOR THE FEMALE AND BOLT AND THE LAST LEG FOR THE MEN > AND WE CAN ALSO WIN THE FEMALE 4X400M > I CAN C US DOING >YES

Posted by LC >HMM | Report as abusive
 

I C STUFF> LOL YES

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Firstly let me just say to Usain, amazing performance, loved every minute of it. Secondly anyone who knows usain, knows he is not a boastful person the guy was just showing youthful exuberance, he is entertaining and thats just his personallity. Did no one remember when Maurice Greene use to tear off his shirts after winning his games and ato boldon in one of his races turning backwards and calling his competitors BEFORE CROSSING THE FINISH LINE. All of these behaviours were totally acceptable until a Jamaican did it.

Now they are sayin he didnt shake his competitors hand, when gale devers won juliet cuthbert she didnt even look at her. And even today in the 200m when the Cuban ran the he didnt even look at the other competitors. I have countless amount of references where this happened, but let Usain do it and all hell breaks loose.

Posted by Prinny | Report as abusive
 

It is clear \”bad mind is active\”, which athlete show off more than the Americans??? But what gets at me most is how the Americans fail to perform the first time the anti-doping law is enforced!!!

Posted by Indie | Report as abusive
 

Usain to the Flippin World

Posted by Prinny | Report as abusive
 

Usain is the most famous person in the World right now and Jamaica is the most famous place in the world, Much respect Usain.

Posted by Prinny | Report as abusive
 

Usain – Big up, Asafa – Big Up, Veronica Cambell – Big Up, everybody who represented Jamaica – Big up, two silver in one race, three world records. Yow, Jamaica large.

Thank you Usain you have made Jamaicans proud, celebrate all you want, they don’t know the joy that you felt, to know that, all your hard work had paid off, it is not an easy task.

They don’t know the joy you felt to know that Jamaicans would be celebrating with you. They don’t know that you were not disrispecting your opponents you were displaying triumph, Jamaican style. You were showing the world that you were happy to be the best.

I bet your opponents did not feel bad, i bet they were proud to be in one of the fastest races in history. I bet they were happy for you too.

Jamaica Sell Off, “to the world!”

OOO Love the dance, No linga, No linga

Posted by Jamaican Girl | Report as abusive
 

There are even persons born in Jamaica running for other countries, don’t be mad people, Jamaicans are just fast sprinters, without additives.

Don’t hate people.

Celebration is not a crime.

Be happy

One Love

Posted by Irie | Report as abusive
 

DEM AGO TIRED FI SEE WI FACE BUT DEM CAAN GET WI OUTTA THE RACE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by JAMDOWN GIRL | Report as abusive
 

usain is great… nuff said!!

Posted by nema | Report as abusive
 

Well world, all i have to say is, there was di big boom lightening strike ah beijing inna di bird nest nuh true.. ne how, ppl who are comparing bolt with phelps.. unuh need 2 rass kick, how can u compare someone whos in water with some1 whos on land pon dry concrete u dumb fucks…. to solve dis whole ting… how about you give micheal phelps him own personal swimming pool and give bolt him personal track & field.. an see who reach di bloodclaat finish line fuss an bruck ah next WR den unnu can talk.. but dat nah guh happen.. USAIN NUH FRIEND FISH FASSY!!! wah unuh feel like??.. BOLT TO DI WORLD!!!!!!!!!! dat mi seh… dem sey phelps fi di yanke ppl dem… BUT USAIN TO DI FUCKIN UNIVERSE!!!!!

Posted by nema | Report as abusive
 

Bwoy, nema, as a fellow Jamaican a caan say it betta dan yuh. U finish all argument. U right bout de water and fish part

Posted by scud | Report as abusive
 

Man, this dude is not human. He’s not beating records, he’s destroying them in a way that’s border line not humanly possible especially at 6’5″. Cherish the unbelievable moment and lets hope it doesn’t come back that he is doping. Absolutely the most amazing performances I’ve ever seen.

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