Jamaicans are preparing for a double celebration this evening after sprint sensation Usain Bolt underlined his title as the world’s fastest man by retaining the 100 metres Olympic title he won in Beijing in 2008.
Bolt’s 9.63 second run will ensure that his countrymen and women have a double celebration tomorrow coming as it does on the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of Jamaica achieving independence from Great Britain.
It was a one two for the Jamaicans with Bolt’s young team-mate, Yohan Blake, coming home in second place. Justin Gatlin of the United States grabbed bronze in 9.79 as the first seven all broke 10 seconds.
Speaking before the race, Jamaica’s High Commissioner to Britain Aloun Ndombet-Assamba said she anticipated incredible scenes if a Jamaican won the blue riband event: “Can you imagine how Jamaica will erupt? But furthermore, can you imagine how London, with the thousands and thousands of Jamaicans here, would erupt?” she said.
Bolt will now bid to complete an unprecedented back-to-back double by retaining his 200 metres Olympic title.