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'This one means more'

Published:Monday | August 6, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (centre), Veronica Campbell-Brown (left) and the United States' Carmelita Jeter display their medals on the podium during the medal presentation ceremony for the women's 100m Olympic finals, at the London Olympic Games yesterday. Fraser-Pryce (10.75 seconds) won gold ahead of silver medallist Jeter (10.78), while Campbell-Brown (10.81) took bronze. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter

Bolt gets greater satisfaction from London 100m triumph

LONDON, England:

"I showed the world that I am the best." Usain Bolt had a lot to prove going into last night's Olympics 100m finals, but after a 9.63 seconds victory inside the London Olympic Stadium, the message is clear: 'Operation Legend' is still on track for the big Jamaican.

"This is just one step, I still have another step to take in the 200m. I need to win that and then after that it will be left to the fans and the media to determine if I m a legend. But I think that is what it will take," said Bolt, who along with Yohan Blake, who finished second in a personal best equalling 9.75 seconds, took Jamaica's medal tally to four (two gold, one silver and one bronze).

Bolt, also shared that he is more pleased with this win compared to his world record-breaking triumph at the Beijing Olympics four years ago, because of the challenges he had to endure this season and the doubt around his ability to successfully defend his title.

"This one means more because a lot of people were doubting me saying a lot of things that a lot of people could beat me and that I wouldn't win," said Bolt. "It means more because I showed the world that I am without a doubt the best and this is where I want to become a legend.

"I came to the championships slightly worried because I wasn't racing as much, but after the semi-finals I felt smooth and I was confident that I could do it," Bolt added.

Justin Gatlin was third in 9.79, while Asafa Powell suffered another Olympics heartbreak after he was forced to pull up short of the finish line after aggravating his groin injury, as seven of the eight finalists dipped below 10 seconds, making this the fastest ever 100m at the Olympic Games.

Blake was extremely happy with his silver medal and is already thinking of the 200m showdown where he plans to once again test his training partner.

Joking around

Despite the rivalry, their rapport was clear as the two were seen before and after the semi-finals and finals joking around. Bolt was on one occasion seen talking at length to the 22-year-old. Blake shared that Bolt was helping him to stay calm and encouraged him right throughout.

"I am not disappointed at all, I have to give God thanks and my coach Glen Mills. Everything has been going according to plan, I got a medal in my first Olympics, Usain Bolt got the better of me tonight, but it's still a Jamaica one-two, so I am happy," said Blake.

"He (Bolt) knows that it's my first Olympics and he told me to stay calm and that nervousness is a part of it and that I should keep my head up and I think it was a really good race on the day," Blake shared.

Kimberly Williams, 14.48m, and Trecia Smith with a season best 14.35m were sixth and seventh, respectively, in the women's triple jump final while Novelene Williams-Mills, 50.11, and Rosemarie Whyte, 50.79, finished fifth and eight in the women's 400m final.

The triple jump was won by Olga Rypakova (Kazakhstan) with a 14.98m mark, while Colombian Caterine Ibarguen, 14.80m was second and Ukrainian Olha Saladuha was third in 14.79m.

Jamaican-born American runner, Sanya Richards-Ross (49.55), took the gold medal in the 400m ahead of home girl Christine Ohuruogu (49.70) and another American, DeeDee Trotter (49.72).

Dane Hyatt finished sixth in his 400m semis with a time of 45.59.

Leford Green will continue the medal assault today as he lines up in the men's 400m hurdles final, while 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce restarts her double campaign, along with defending champion Veronica Campbell-Brown, and Sherone Simpson in the 200m heats.

Brigitte Foster-Hylton, Latoya Greaves and Shermaine Williams will open up in the 100m hurdles heats, while Jason Morgan and Traves Smikle will compete in the discus qualifiers.