By Heather Ericson, EnStarz | Aug 05, 2012 05:04 PM EDT
Usain Bolt won the 100 meter sprint final on Sunday with a time of 9.63 seconds to take gold in the most emphatic way, to trash anyone thought that he was no longer the fastest man on the planet.
The Jamaican powered his way away from the pack to retain his Olympic crown and set an new Olympic record time.
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Countrymen Yohan Blake came in second with a time of 9.75 seconds but there was clear distance between the two sprinters as Bolt showed he is still the top sprinter on Earth.
The United States' Justin Gatlin secured a bronze medal in third place with a time of 9.79 seconds, and that would have been the highest most would have expected him to achieve coming into the Olympics considering the competition and being up against Bolt and Blake.
Some may have wondered whether Gatlin could have upset the field having come through fastest in the semi finals, but Blake and Bolt showed their class by taking a gold silver finish for Jamaica.
80,000 fans in the Olympic stadium were in raptures at Bolt's win, and cheered him fiercely throughout his lap of honor following his win.
The gold secures Bolt's first gold, but he will be hoping for more. He will be competing in the 200 meters sprint, as well as the 4x100 meter relays later on in the week. Bolt will be hoping he can complete the triple and sweep the board with three golds.
Bolt becomes only the second man to ever retain the 100 meter sprint Olympic championship, with Carl Lewis being the only man to ever have done that before. There may be more history made by this man before the week is out at London 2012.
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