Usain Bolt, Jamaican team run away with track and field sprints
Coming into the Olympics, there was much speculation about Usain Bolt’s readiness to defend his three gold medals from Beijing. Case in point, his younger teammate Yohan Blake defeated him in the 100-meter and 200-meter races during the Jamaican national trials.
It took Bolt all of 9.63 to dispel any rumors of his demise. That time was good enough for an Olympic record and virtual demolition of his opponents. Blake, who took silver in the event, also played second fiddle to Bolt in the 200-meter gold (an event that the Jamaicans swept). Bolt and Blake, however, paired up to lead Jamaica to a world record in the 4x100-meter relay.
The Jamaican women also added to the Caribbean island’s sprint domination with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s gold medal in the 100-meter race, her silver in the 200-meter race and her silver in the 4x100-meter relay.
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