On this day in 2008: Usain Bolt wins first Olympic gold medal


Usain Bolt raced to a primary Olympic gold medal within the 100 metres in Beijing on August 16, 2008.

The Jamaican, then 21, used to be already the sector document holder however decreased the mark to 9.69 seconds, easing transparent of his competitors and celebrating earlier than he crossed the road.

An expected combat with countryman Asafa Powell didn't materialise, with Powell lacking out on a medal altogether as Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago completed 2nd and American Walter Dix took bronze.

Usain Bolt ruled the 100 metres ultimate (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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Bolt mentioned afterwards: “My one intention used to be simply to be a champion. That's what I got here right here to do. I instructed you I used to be going to be primary and I did simply that.

“I were given a perfect get started. I used to be getting excellent begins all of the means as much as the general. I used to be getting higher and higher. It used to be loopy – exceptional.”

Bolt went directly to win gold in his favoured 200m and the 4x100m relay – a feat he repeated in extraordinary type on the 2012 and 2016 Video games, even supposing he used to be therefore stripped of the Beijing relay medal after team-mate Nesta Carter examined certain for a banned substance.

Usain Bolt kisses his golden shoe after the race (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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He continues to carry the sector information within the 200m and 100m, which he decreased to 9.58secs in 2009.

Bolt retired after the International Athletics Championships in 2017 however made a short-lived try to develop into a qualified footballer the next yr.