Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metres

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Men's 100 metres
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 4–5 August 2012
Competitors 75 from 61 nations
Winning time 9.63 s
Medalists
Gold medal    Jamaica
Silver medal    Jamaica
Bronze medal    United States
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The men's 100 metres competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom was held at the Olympic Stadium on 4–5 August 2012.[1] The competition comprised four rounds: a preliminary round for entrants without the minimum qualifying standard, a heats round, followed by three semi-finals of eight athletes each, which then reduced to eight athletes for the final.[2]

Leading up to this Olympics, defending champion Usain Bolt was the star of the sport first based on the world records he had set in both the 100 metres and 200 metres in the previous Olympics in Beijing,[3] while showboating to the finish.[4] That celebrity continued when he ran more seriously in the 2009 world championships, improving both records into Beamonesque territory.[5] But at the subsequent world championships, Bolt false started out of the 100 metres, opening the way for his training partner Yohan Blake to win the championship. Later in the season, Blake also posted a 200 metres time that was only .07 behind Bolt's world record.[6] And then at the 2012 Jamaican Olympic Trials, Blake beat Bolt in both events.[7]

Competition[edit]

The three American and three Jamaican favorites along with home team Dwain Chambers won each of the seven round one heats, most of them running as easy a round as possible. Ryan Bailey led the way with a personal best 9.88 ahead of a couple of national records.

In the first semi-final, Justin Gatlin ran the fastest semi-final in history 9.82, leading former world record holder Asafa Powell down the track. As Powell eased up, Churandy Martina edged him for the second automatic qualifier at 9.91, and Powell qualified with a 9.94 time. Suwaibou Sanneh improved his national record for Gambia at 10.18, set the day before. In the second semi-final, defending champion and world record holder Usain Bolt ran a relaxed race, looking around and slowing down, finishing in 9.87. Ryan Bailey got the second spot in 9.96. In the third semi-final, Yohan Blake ran 9.85, with Tyson Gay in second at 9.90. The final qualifier was defending silver medalist Richard Thompson with 10.02.[8][9]

In the much-anticipated final, Bolt accelerated with 50 meters to go, passing all competitors to win the gold medal. Blake edged past Gatlin, who in turn held off a closing Gay at the finish line.[10][11]

Usain Bolt won the gold medal for a second successive time, becoming only the second man in history, after Carl Lewis (1984, 1988), to repeat. His winning time of 9.63 seconds broke his own Olympic record set in 2008 and was second on the fastest times behind his own world record. His Jamaican teammate, Yohan Blake, finished second in 9.75 seconds. Blake's time was the fastest ever not to win a gold medal. Former world record holder and 2004 Olympic champion Justin Gatlin finished with the bronze medal with a time of 9.79 seconds. This race set a number of records, including: the first time in history that the top 3 finished under 9.80 seconds; the first time in history that the top 5 finished in under 9.90 seconds; the first time in history that the four fastest men in 100m history all featured; and 7 of the 8 men ran in under 10 seconds, again a first in the 100 meters, with only Asafa Powell (11.99) failing this, due to an injury he sustained 60 meters into the race. Apart from Powell, each runner's time was the fastest-ever for his respective placing. Despite not getting gold, Blake, Gatlin, Gay, and Bailey all ran times that would have won at least silver in any previous Olympic final. Blake, Gatlin and Gay each ran times that would have won gold in any Olympic final before 2008 (i.e. before Bolt's 9.69 race in Beijing).[12][13]

Records[edit]

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Usain Bolt (JAM) 9.58 s Berlin, Germany 16 August 2009
Olympic record 9.69 s Beijing, China 16 August 2008
2012 World leading  Yohan Blake (JAM) 9.75 s Kingston, Jamaica 30 June 2012

The following new Olympic record was set during this competition:

Date Event Athlete Time Notes
5 August Final  Usain Bolt (JAM) 9.63 s OR

The Following new National records were set during this competition

Maldives National Record  Azneem Ahmed (MDV) 10.79 s
Ivory Coast National Record  Ben Youssef Meïté (CIV) 10.06 s
Gambia National Record  Suwaibou Sanneh (GAM) 10.18 s
Netherlands National Record  Churandy Martina (NED) 9.91 s

Schedule[edit]

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1).

Date Time
Saturday, 4 August 2012 10:00
12:30
Preliminaries
Round 1
Sunday, 5 August 2012 19:45
21:50
Semifinals
Finals

Results[edit]

Preliminaries[edit]

[14] Qualification rule: The first two finishers in each heat (Q) plus the two fastest times of those who finished third or lower in their heat (q) qualified.

Heat 1[edit]

Heat 1
Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Result Notes
1 3 Artur Bruno Rojas Bolivia 0.162 10.62 Q
2 7 Devilert Arsene Kimbembe Congo 0.143 10.68 Q, SB
3 4 Holder da Silva Guinea-Bissau 0.168 10.69 q, SB
4 8 Joseph Andy Lui Tonga 0.184 11.17
5 6 Mohan Khan Bangladesh 0.149 11.25 PB
6 5 Kilakone Siphonexay Laos 0.174 11.30
7 2 Christopher Lima da Costa São Tomé and Príncipe 0.195 11.56 PB
Wind: +0.9 m/s

Heat 2[edit]

Heat 2
Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Result Notes
1 5 Jurgen Themen Suriname 0.158 10.55 Q
2 4 Fernando Lumain Indonesia 0.155 10.80 Q, SB
3 2 Wilfried Bingangoye Gabon 0.239 10.89
4 8 Liaquat Ali Pakistan 0.169 10.90
5 6 Rodman Teltull Palau 0.171 11.06 PB
6 7 Tavevele Noa Tuvalu 0.180 11.55
7 3 Timi Garstang Marshall Islands 0.162 12.81
Wind: +0.9 m/s

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Result Notes
1 6 Béranger Aymard Bosse Central African Republic 0.162 10.55 Q
2 8 Yeo Foo Ee Gary Singapore 0.159 10.57 Q, PB
3 4 Azneem Ahmed Maldives 0.153 10.79 q, NR
4 3 J'maal Alexander British Virgin Islands 0.163 10.92
5 5 John Howard Federated States of Micronesia 0.203 11.05
6 2 Chris Walasi Solomon Islands 0.164 11.42
7 7 Elama Fa’atonu American Samoa 0.170 11.48 PB
Wind: +1.7 m/s

Heat 4[edit]

Heat 4
Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Result Notes
1 3 Gérard Kobéané Burkina Faso 0.194 10.42 Q, SB
2 8 Fabrice Coiffic Mauritius 0.149 10.62 Q
3 6 Courtney Carl Williams Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 0.164 10.80 PB
4 2 Rachid Chouhal Malta 0.160 10.83 SB
5 5 Tilak Ram Tharu Nepal 0.156 10.85 PB
6 9 Masoud Azizi Afghanistan 0.167 11.19
7 7 Nooa Takooa Kiribati 0.155 11.53 PB
8 4 Patrick Tuara Cook Islands 0.165 11.72
Wind: +0.5 m/s

Round 1[edit]

[15] Qualification rule: The first three finishers in each heat (Q) plus the three fastest times of those who finished fourth or lower in their heat (q) qualified.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Result Notes
1 6 Tyson Gay United States 0.147 10.08 Q
2 5 Richard Thompson Trinidad and Tobago 0.151 10.14 Q
3 7 Gerald Phiri Zambia 0.147 10.16 Q, SB
4 3 Jaysuma Saidy Ndure Norway 0.166 10.28
5 4 Ángel David Rodríguez Spain 0.168 10.34
6 2 Jurgen Themen Suriname 0.169 10.53
7 5 Isidro Montoya Colombia 0.165 10.54
8 1 Yeo Foo Ee Gary Singapore 0.144 10.69
Wind: −1.4 m/s

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Result Notes
1 4 Justin Gatlin United States 0.200 9.97 Q
2 6 Derrick Atkins Bahamas 0.179 10.22 Q
3 5 Rondell Sorrillo Trinidad and Tobago 0.148 10.23 Q
4 8 Dariusz Kuć Poland 0.163 10.24
5 9 Nilson André Brazil 0.172 10.26 SB
6 7 Masashi Eriguchi Japan 0.144 10.30
7 3 Barakat Al-Harthi Oman 0.152 10.41
8 2 Fernando Lumain Indonesia 0.162 10.90
Wind: +0.7 m/s

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Result Notes
1 7 Ryan Bailey United States 0.177 9.88 Q, =PB
2 8 Ben Youssef Meïté Ivory Coast 0.174 10.06 Q, NR
3 6 Justyn Warner Canada 0.149 10.09 Q, PB
4 4 Kemar Hyman Cayman Islands 0.150 10.16 q
5 9 Suwaibou Sanneh The Gambia 0.176 10.21 q, NR
6 5 Rytis Sakalauskas Lithuania 0.178 10.29
7 3 Béranger Aymard Bosse Central African Republic 0.170 10.53
8 2 Artur Bruno Rojas Bolivia 0.154 10.65
Wind: +1.5 m/s

Heat 4[edit]

Qualification heat 4
Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Result Notes
1 7 Usain Bolt Jamaica 0.178 10.09 Q
2 5 Daniel Bailey Antigua and Barbuda 0.162 10.12 Q
3 6 James Dasaolu Great Britain 0.174 10.13 Q
4 3 Amr Ibrahim Mostafa Seoud Egypt 0.164 10.22
5 4 Jason Rogers Saint Kitts and Nevis 0.177 10.30
6 8 Ogho-Oghene Egwero Nigeria 0.174 10.38
7 2 Holder da Silva Guinea-Bissau 0.182 10.71
08 9 Idrissa Adam Cameroon 0.206 DNF
Wind: +0.4 m/s

Heat 5[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Result Notes
1 7 Asafa Powell Jamaica 0.166 10.04 Q
2 4 Adam Gemili Great Britain 0.156 10.11 Q
3 6 Churandy Martina Netherlands 0.168 10.20 Q
4 9 Reza Ghasemi Iran 0.148 10.31
5 5 Obinna Metu Nigeria 0.153 10.35
6 8 Ramon Gittens Barbados 0.162 10.35
7 2 Paul Williams Grenada 0.168 10.65
8 3 Devilert Arsene Kimbembe Congo 0.157 10.94
Wind: 0.0 m/s

Heat 6[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Result Notes
1 5 Yohan Blake Jamaica 0.175 10.00 Q
2 7 Ryota Yamagata Japan 0.149 10.07 Q, PB
3 3 Su Bingtian China 0.162 10.19 Q, SB
4 6 Antoine Adams Saint Kitts and Nevis 0.154 10.22 q
5 9 Peter Emelieze Nigeria 0.153 10.22 SB
6 8 Jeremy Bascom Guyana 0.135 10.31
7 4 Marek Niit Estonia 0.158 10.40
8 2 Azneem Ahmed Maldives 0.157 10.84
Wind: +1.3 m/s

Heat 7[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Result Notes
1 9 Dwain Chambers Great Britain 0.157 10.02 Q, SB
2 6 Jimmy Vicaut France 0.196 10.11 Q, SB
3 5 Keston Bledman Trinidad and Tobago 0.195 10.13 Q
4 7 Warren Fraser Bahamas 0.171 10.27
5 8 Miguel López Puerto Rico 0.145 10.31
6 2 Gérard Kobéané Burkina Faso 0.186 10.48
7 3 Fabrice Coiffic Mauritius 0.165 10.59
08 4 Kim Collins Saint Kitts and Nevis DNS
Wind: +2.0 m/s

Semifinals[edit]

[16]

Qualification rule: The first two finishers in each heat (Q) plus the two fastest times of those who finished third or lower in their heat (q) qualified.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Result Notes
1 7 Justin Gatlin United States 0.187 9.82 Q
2 2 Churandy Martina Netherlands 0.148 9.91 Q, NR
3 4 Asafa Powell Jamaica 0.155 9.94 q
4 8 Keston Bledman Trinidad and Tobago 0.175 10.04
5 6 Ben Youssef Meïté Ivory Coast 0.163 10.13
6 5 Jimmy Vicaut France 0.203 10.16
7 9 James Dasaolu Great Britain 0.174 10.18
8 3 Suwaibou Sanneh The Gambia 0.175 10.18 NR
Wind: +0.7 m/s

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Result Notes
1 4 Usain Bolt Jamaica 0.180 9.87 Q
2 7 Ryan Bailey United States 0.155 9.96 Q
3 8 Richard Thompson Trinidad and Tobago 0.158 10.02 q
4 5 Dwain Chambers Great Britain 0.154 10.05
5 9 Gerald Phiri Zambia 0.165 10.11 SB
6 6 Daniel Bailey Antigua and Barbuda 0.142 10.16
7 2 Antoine Adams Saint Kitts and Nevis 0.159 10.27
8 3 Su Bingtian China 0.157 10.28
Wind: +1.0 m/s

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Result Notes
1 6 Yohan Blake Jamaica 0.176 9.85 Q
2 4 Tyson Gay United States 0.151 9.90 Q
3 7 Adam Gemili Great Britain 0.158 10.06
4 8 Derrick Atkins Bahamas 0.164 10.08 SB
5 9 Justyn Warner Canada 0.135 10.09 PB
6 5 Ryota Yamagata Japan 0.158 10.10
7 3 Rondell Sorrillo Trinidad and Tobago 0.140 10.31
08 2 Kemar Hyman Cayman Islands DNS
Wind: +1.7 m/s

Final[edit]

Start of the final; lane 9 is closest.
Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Result Notes
1 7 Usain Bolt Jamaica 0.165 9.63 OR
2 5 Yohan Blake Jamaica 0.179 9.75 =PB
3 6 Justin Gatlin United States 0.178 9.79 PB
4 4 Tyson Gay United States 0.145 9.80 SB
5 8 Ryan Bailey United States 0.176 9.88 =PB
6 9 Churandy Martina Netherlands 0.139 9.94
7 2 Richard Thompson Trinidad and Tobago 0.160 9.98
8 3 Asafa Powell Jamaica 0.155 11.99 *
Wind: +1.5 m/s

* Powell suffered a groin injury before crossing the finish line.

Incident[edit]

Just before the start of the final, a spectator threw a plastic beer bottle at the competitors in the starting blocks. Though the race was unaffected, he was arrested.[17] The man, later identified as Ashley Gill-Webb, happened to be sitting next to Dutch judoka and bronze medalist Edith Bosch, who promptly struck him with her hand on the back of his head after the toss.[18] LOCOG Chairman Sebastian Coe later stated: "I'm not suggesting vigilantism but it was actually poetic justice that they happened to be sitting next to a judo player".[18] Gill-Webb later pleaded not guilty to a charge of using threatening words or behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress at Stratford Magistrates' Court.[19] He was later found guilty.[20]

References[edit]

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