Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt sustained his legendary title as the world’s fastest man on Sunday, snagging Olympic gold in the men’s 100-meter race by setting an Olympic record with a time of 9.63. The Jamaican became a household name when he took the gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Games. Bolt is the first sprinter since U.S. Olympic legend Carl Lewis to defend an Olympic 100-meter title.
The gold medalist overcame an unimpressive start to blow past the competition. “My start wasn’t too good but my coach always said to me I’m not a good starter, it’s not worth worrying about,” Bolt said after the race. “It means one step towards being a legend, so I’m happy with myself, but it’s only one step, I have the 200 meters to go,” Bolt said looking ahead to his next race. Yohan Blake, also of Jamaica, took the silver medal while Justin Gatlin of the Team USA won bronze. In the woman’s edition, Sanya Richards-Ross of the United States claimed the gold medal in the 400-meter dash. Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain took the silver, and DeeDee Trotter of the U.S. won bronze.