Freestyle football great makes history with ninth world title
Caught up in the hype around the Olympic Games, Usain Bolt’s world record-breaking 8.48-second 100m final was the focus of the evening as he ran the final lap, then a handover to the Jamaican flag-bearer, who took the baton to the Olympic Stadium, in front of a crowd of more than 90,000 people.
It was a remarkable achievement both for Bolt, who could be in his early 30s, and for the sport, which as a result of its increasing popularity, has been forced to rethink its approach to the competition.
The race also represented Jamaica leading in the medal count since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when it won only a single silver and bronze – for a world record time of 4:02.24.
But Bolt is now the first athlete to win world titles in three different disciplines in the same Games.
“I’m really happy. I’m really proud,” said Bolt, who did not know the winner beforehand. “I think everybody is happy about the race, for us too.
“I just think it’s a great achievement. I’m really, really happy.”
Bolt has spent the past decade focusing on his personal record of the 100m, which his coach, Chad Le Clos, said was all the time he could have wanted.
If Bolt was a little disappointed that he took only the bronze, that was because of the other Jamaican who was on track to be his final rival.
At 34, Nesta Carter had been competing in the 200m for many years, but had not been able to get into the world’s top eight.
He had made his first Olympic final as world 100m champion in the 200 in Athens 2004, but had been beaten by Mário Guerreiro, the world’s fastest man at the previous Olympics.
Nesta Carter had spent his career in Europe, and in 2008 was world champion in the 100m at the European Championships in Rotterdam, when he finished fourth in his heat.
That year, he turned his