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Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 4, 2012
Date Finished: August 5, 2012

Gold: JAM Usain Bolt
Silver: JAM Yohan Blake
Bronze: USA Justin Gatlin

Summary

Usain Bolt won this race in 2008, along with the 200 metres and a gold in the 4x100 metre relay. At the 2009 World Championships, Bolt repeated his triple titles, and was considered by many as the greatest sprinter in history. But 2011 and early 2012 had not been as strong for him as he struggled with injury problems. At the 2011 World Championships, he false started in the final of the 100 and was disqualified, the title going to his countryman, Yohan Blake. Blake had beaten Bolt one other time in the 100, at the 2012 Jamaican Olympic Trials, and was considered a strong challenger to his title in London. Also challenging the two Jamaicans were Americans Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin. Gay was the 2007 World Champion at both 100 and 200 metres, but hip injuries had since limited his effectiveness. Gatlin had won the gold medal in this event at the 2004 Olympics, but later had a doping positive and had only returned to competition in 2011.

All four of the favorites made the finals, where they were joined by the third Jamaican, Asafa Powell, former world record hold in the event, but one who seemed to struggle in the biggest international meets; the third American, up-and-comer Ryan Bailey; Dutch runner Churandy Martina, who had formerly competed for the Netherlands Antilles, before the dissolution of that nation in 2010; and Trinidadian Richard Thompson.

The final had an early problem when cretinous spectator Ashley Gill-Webb of Leeds threw a beer bottle onto the track just before the race was to start. Gill-Webb did not know he was seated next to Dutch Olympian judoka Edith Bosch, who quickly subdued him before the authorities arrived to escort him from the stadium. He was later charged with causing harassment, alarm or distress, and pleaded not guilty, although he was found guilty of public disorder in January 2013, and was sentenced to eight weeks of community service in February 2013.

Once the runners were away Gatlin, Blake, Powell, and Gay were out quickly, as Bolt is not known for his starts. But this was better than usual for him and he was in the lead by 40 metres. Powell pulled up from a groin pull although he would finish the race, barely and in last place. In the final 40 metres Bolt pulled away to win in 9.63, the second-fastest time ever, with Blake trailing for silver in 9.75, and Gatlin getting bronze in 9.79. Gay just missed the medals in fourth in 9.80.

Bolt became the third man to defend his Olympic 100 metres title, after Archie Hahn in 1904-06, and Carl Lewis in 1984-88. But both came with an asterisk as Hahn had the always-present 1906 problem, while Lewis only won in 1988 after the disqualification of Ben Johnson for stanozolol use. A few days later, Bolt would also defend his Olympic gold medal in the 200, becoming the first runner ever to defend the 100-200 Olympic double, and he would again win three Olympic sprint gold medals, leading Jamaica to a world-record in the 400 relay in London.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Usain Bolt 25 Jamaica JAM Gold
2 Yohan Blake 22 Jamaica JAM Silver
3 Justin Gatlin 30 United States USA Bronze
4 Tyson Gay 29 United States USA
5 Ryan Bailey 23 United States USA
6 Churandy Martina 28 Netherlands NED
7 Richard Thompson 27 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
8 Asafa Powell 29 Jamaica JAM
3 h3 r3/4 Adam Gemili 18 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r3/4 Keston Bledman 24 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
4 h2 r3/4 Dwain Chambers 34 Great Britain GBR
4 h3 r3/4 Derrick Atkins 28 Bahamas BAH
5 h1 r3/4 Ben Youssef Méité 25 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
5 h2 r3/4 Gerald Phiri 23 Zambia ZAM
5 h3 r3/4 Justyn Warner 25 Canada CAN
6 h1 r3/4 Jimmy Vicaut 20 France FRA
6 h2 r3/4 Daniel Bailey 25 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
6 h3 r3/4 Ryota Yamagata 20 Japan JPN
7 h1 r3/4 James Dasaolu 24 Great Britain GBR
7 h2 r3/4 Antoine Adams 23 Saint Kitts and Nevis SKN
7 h3 r3/4 Rondell Sorillo 26 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
8 h1 r3/4 Su Wai'bou Sanneh 21 Gambia GAM
8 h2 r3/4 Su Bingtian 22 China CHN
DNS h3 r3/4 Kemar Hyman 22 Cayman Islands CAY
4 h1 r2/4 Jaysuma Saidy Ndure 28 Norway NOR
4 h2 r2/4 Dariusz Kuć 26 Poland POL
4 h4 r2/4 Amru Seoud 26 Egypt EGY
4 h5 r2/4 Reza Ghasemi 25 Iran IRI
4 h7 r2/4 Warren Fraser 21 Bahamas BAH
5 h1 r2/4 Ángel David Rodríguez 32 Spain ESP
5 h2 r2/4 Nilson André 26 Brazil BRA
5 h4 r2/4 Jason Rogers 20 Saint Kitts and Nevis SKN
5 h5 r2/4 Obinna Metu 24 Nigeria NGR
5 h6 r2/4 Peter Emelieze 24 Nigeria NGR
5 h7 r2/4 Miguel López 22 Puerto Rico PUR
6 h1 r2/4 Jurgen Themen 26 Suriname SUR
6 h2 r2/4 Masashi Eriguchi 23 Japan JPN
6 h3 r2/4 Rytis Sakalauskas 25 Lithuania LTU
6 h4 r2/4 Ogho-Ogene Egwero 23 Nigeria NGR
6 h5 r2/4 Ramon Gittens 25 Barbados BAR
6 h6 r2/4 Jeremy Bascom 28 Guyana GUY
6 h7 r2/4 Gérard Kobéané 24 Burkina Faso BUR
7 h1 r2/4 Isidro Montoya 21 Colombia COL
7 h2 r2/4 Barakat Al-Harthi 24 Oman OMA
7 h3 r2/4 Béranger Bosse 27 Central African Republic CAF
7 h4 r2/4 Holder da Silva 24 Guinea Bissau GBS
7 h5 r2/4 Paul Williams 26 Grenada GRN
7 h6 r2/4 Marek Niit 24 Estonia EST
7 h7 r2/4 Fabrice Coiffic 27 Mauritius MRI
8 h1 r2/4 Gary Yeo 25 Singapore SIN
8 h2 r2/4 Fernando Lumain 22 Indonesia INA
8 h3 r2/4 Arturo Rojas 19 Bolivia BOL
8 h5 r2/4 Devilert Arsene Kimbembe 27 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
8 h6 r2/4 Azneem Ahmed 23 Maldives MDV
3 h2 r1/4 Wilfried Bingangoye 27 Gabon GAB
3 h4 r1/4 Courtney Carl Williams 21 Saint Vincent VIN
4 h1 r1/4 Joseph Andy Lui 20 Tonga TGA
4 h2 r1/4 Liaqat Ali 28 Pakistan PAK
4 h3 r1/4 J'maal Alexander 18 British Virgin Islands IVB
4 h4 r1/4 Rachid Chouhal 37 Malta MLT
5 h1 r1/4 Mohan Khan 20 Bangladesh BAN
5 h2 r1/4 Rodman Teltull 18 Palau PLW
5 h3 r1/4 John Howard 31 Federated States of Micronesia FSM
5 h4 r1/4 Tilak Ram Tharu 19 Nepal NEP
6 h1 r1/4 Kilakone Siphonexay 23 Laos LAO
6 h2 r1/4 Tavevele Noa 20 Tuvalu TUV
6 h3 r1/4 Chris Meke Walasi 32 Solomon Islands SOL
6 h4 r1/4 Masoud Azizi 27 Afghanistan AFG
7 h1 r1/4 Christopher da Costa 24 Sao Tome and Principe STP
7 h2 r1/4 Timi Garstang 25 Marshall Islands MHL
7 h3 r1/4 Elama Fa'atonu 18 American Samoa ASA
7 h4 r1/4 Nooa Takooa 19 Kiribati KIR
8 h4 r1/4 Patrick Tuara 19 Cook Islands COK
AC h4 r2/4 Idrissa Adam 27 Cameroon CMR DNF