Jamaican Usain Bolt won the men’s 100-meter race, with a time of 9.63 seconds.
On August 5, Bolt set the second-fastest 100-meter race in history and also an Olympic record, which saw him joining Carl Lewis as the only men with consecutive gold medals in the Summer Games’ track events.
During the race, Bolt was in sixth of the eight runners at the halfway mark, which included two other fellow Jamaican runners and three US runners. But, in the last stretch, Bolt ran past everyone to win the gold medal.
Four years ago at the Beijing Olympics, Bolt had reinvented sprinting and helped raise the profile for track and field by winning gold medals in world-record times in the 100, 200, and 4×100 relay.
The other two runners who were awarded medals were Bolt’s training partner and teammate, Yohan Blake, who won silver with a time of 9.75, and winning bronze was 2004 Olympic champion Justin Gatlin of the US, who had a time of 9.79.