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Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 15, 2008
Date Finished: August 16, 2008

Gold: JAM Usain Bolt
Silver: TTO Richard Thompson
Bronze: USA Walter Dix

Summary

Going into the 2008 season, the favorites for the title of World’s Fastest Man were Tyson Gay (USA) and Asafa Powell (JAM). Gay had won the 100 and 200 at the 2007 World Championships and Powell was a two-time world record setter. But in May 2008 Jamaica’s Usain Bolt broke Powell’s world record when he ran 9.72 at a meet in New York. Formerly considered primarily a 200 runner, he made the 100 a highly anticipated showdown between the big three sprinters. Gay won the American Olympic Trials in 9.68, but it was wind-aided and could not count for record purposes. Unfortunately, in the 200 at the Trials, he pulled up with a hamstring problem, would not be at his best in Beijing, and did not get past the semi-finals.

But that almost certainly had no effect on the outcome of the final. Usain Bolt was not known as the fastest starter but at 30 metres he was about equal to Richard Thompson (TRI), when he accelerated seemingly into another world. By 80 metres he had a huge lead and he then shut it down, turning around, dropping his arms in celebration, and costing himself some time. But he still broke the world record with 9.69, winning by 0.20 over Thompson. Estimates of his potential time, had he run thru the tape, ranged as low as 9.55 and this was with zero wind assistance. Powell was well-beaten, finishing fifth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Usain Bolt 21 Jamaica JAM Gold
2 Richard Thompson 23 Trinidad and Tobago TTO Silver
3 Walter Dix 22 United States USA Bronze
4 Churandy Martina 24 Netherlands Antilles AHO
5 Asafa Powell 25 Jamaica JAM
6 Michael Frater 25 Jamaica JAM
7 Marc Burns 25 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
8 Darvis Patton 30 United States USA
5 h1 r3/4 Kim Collins 32 Saint Kitts and Nevis SKN
5 h2 r3/4 Tyson Gay 25 United States USA
6 h1 r3/4 Derrick Atkins 24 Bahamas BAH
6 h2 r3/4 Francis Obikwelu 29 Portugal POR
7 h1 r3/4 Tyrone Edgar 26 Great Britain GBR
7 h2 r3/4 Naoki Tsukahara 23 Japan JPN
8 h1 r3/4 Samuel Francis 21 Qatar QAT
8 h2 r3/4 Martial Mbandjock 22 France FRA
4 h1 r2/4 Simeon Williamson 22 Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r2/4 Olusoji Fasuba 24 Nigeria NGR
4 h4 r2/4 Jaysuma Saidy Ndure 24 Norway NOR
4 h5 r2/4 Daniel Bailey 21 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
5 h1 r2/4 Henry Vizcaíno 28 Cuba CUB
5 h2 r2/4 Andrew Hinds 24 Barbados BAR
5 h3 r2/4 Ronald Pognon 25 France FRA
5 h4 r2/4 Craig Pickering 21 Great Britain GBR
5 h5 r2/4 Abdul Aziz Zakari 31 Ghana GHA
6 h1 r2/4 Pierre Browne 28 Canada CAN
6 h2 r2/4 José Carlos Moreira 24 Brazil BRA
6 h3 r2/4 Matic Osovnikar 28 Slovenia SLO
6 h4 r2/4 Obinna Metu 20 Nigeria NGR
6 h5 r2/4 Andrey Yepishin 27 Russia RUS
7 h1 r2/4 Dariusz Kuć 22 Poland POL
7 h2 r2/4 Simone Collio 28 Italy ITA
7 h3 r2/4 Tobias Unger 29 Germany GER
7 h4 r2/4 Anson Henry 29 Canada CAN
7 h5 r2/4 Vicente de Lima 31 Brazil BRA
8 h1 r2/4 Darrel Brown 23 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
8 h2 r2/4 Daniel Grueso 23 Colombia COL
8 h3 r2/4 Nobuharu Asahara 36 Japan JPN
8 h4 r2/4 Ángel David Rodríguez 28 Spain ESP
8 h5 r2/4 Hu Kai 26 China CHN
4 h8 r1/4 Uchenna Emedolu 31 Nigeria NGR
4 h9 r1/4 Rolando Palacios 21 Honduras HON
5 h1 r1/4 Fabio Cerutti 22 Italy ITA
5 h4 r1/4 Holder da Silva 20 Guinea Bissau GBS
5 h5 r1/4 Lukáš Milo 24 Czech Republic CZE
5 h6 r1/4 Abdullah Al-Sooli 25 Oman OMA
5 h7 r1/4 Dmytro Hlushchenko 27 Ukraine UKR
5 h8 r1/4 Su Wai'bou Sanneh 17 Gambia GAM
5 h9 r1/4 Ruslan Abbasov 22 Azerbaijan AZE
5 h10 r1/4 Franklin Nazareno 21 Ecuador ECU
6 h1 r1/4 Jurgen Themen 22 Suriname SUR
6 h2 r1/4 Béranger Bosse 23 Central African Republic CAF
6 h3 r1/4 Suryo Wibowo 24 Indonesia INA
6 h4 r1/4 Idrissa Sanou 31 Burkina Faso BUR
6 h5 r1/4 Mhadjou Youssouf 18 Comoros COM
6 h6 r1/4 Desislav Gunev 22 Bulgaria BUL
6 h7 r1/4 Calvin Kang 18 Singapore SIN
6 h8 r1/4 Sandro Viana 31 Brazil BRA
6 h9 r1/4 Sébastien Gattuso 37 Monaco MON
6 h10 r1/4 Wilfried Bingangoye 23 Gabon GAB
7 h1 r1/4 Moses Kamut 26 Vanuatu VAN
7 h2 r1/4 Aisea Tohi 21 Tonga TGA
7 h3 r1/4 Jared Lewis 26 Saint Vincent VIN
7 h4 r1/4 Ghyd Olonghot 22 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
7 h5 r1/4 Danny D'Souza 20 Seychelles SEY
7 h6 r1/4 Ali Shareef 29 Maldives MDV
7 h7 r1/4 Jesse Tamangrow 26 Palau PLW
7 h8 r1/4 Lai Chun Ho 19 Hong Kong HKG
7 h9 r1/4 Jack Howard 27 Federated States of Micronesia FSM
7 h10 r1/4 Moumi Sébergué 30 Chad CHA
8 h1 r1/4 Francis Manioru 26 Solomon Islands SOL
8 h2 r1/4 Roman Cress 31 Marshall Islands MHL
8 h3 r1/4 Rabangaki Nawai 23 Kiribati KIR
8 h4 r1/4 Masoud Azizi 23 Afghanistan AFG
8 h5 r1/4 Shanahan Sanitoa 19 American Samoa ASA
8 h6 r1/4 Souksavanh Tonsacktheva 19 Laos LAO
8 h7 r1/4 Reginaldo Ndong 21 Equatorial Guinea GEQ
8 h8 r1/4 Mohamed Abu Abdullah 27 Bangladesh BAN
8 h9 r1/4 Gordon Heather 18 Cook Islands COK
8 h10 r1/4 Okilani Tinilau 19 Tuvalu TUV