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

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]

Men's 100 metres
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Mens 100m Final - Prowling before the start - 2012 Olympics.jpg
The finalists awaiting starters orders
VenueOlympic Stadium
Date4–5 August 2012
Competitors75 from 61 nations
Winning time9.63 s
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Usain Bolt  Jamaica
2nd, silver medalist(s) Yohan Blake  Jamaica
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Justin Gatlin  United States
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Leading up to this Olympics, defending champion Usain Bolt was the star of the sport having set world records in winning the 100 metres and 200 metres in the previous Olympics,[3][4] and 2 more world records in winning the 100m and 200m at the 2009 world championships.[5] In the 2011 world championships, the 100 metres was won by Yohan Blake after a false start by Bolt. Later in the season, Blake ran a new 200 metres personal best only .07 behind Bolt's world record.[6] At the 2012 Jamaican Olympic Trials, Blake beat Bolt in both events.[7]

In the final, Bolt, started slow out of the blocks and was behind Blake and Gatlin, but accelerated with 50 meters to go, to win the gold medal and was around five feet (1.5 meters) ahead of the competition at the finish line. Bolt set a new Olympic record (beating his own record set at the 2008 Olympic Games) of 9.64 seconds, later rounded down to 9.63 seconds. Blake edged past Gatlin, who in turn held off a closing Gay at the finish line.[8][9]

Usain Bolt was the second athlete after Carl Lewis (1984, 1988) to retain the men's 100m championship. His winning time was the second fastest time ever behind his own world record. 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 won the bronze medal in 9.79 seconds. The race set a number of records, including: the first time that the top 3 finished under 9.80 seconds; the first time that the top 5 finished in under 9.90 seconds; the first time that the five fastest men in 100m history (Bolt, Gay, Blake, Powell and Gatlin) all competed; and 7 of the 8 men ran in under 10 seconds, with only Asafa Powell finished in (11.99) after an injury 60 meters into the race. Apart from Powell, each runner's time was the fastest-ever for his respective placing. Blake, Gatlin, Gay, and Bailey all ran times that would have won at least silver in any previous Olympic final. It is considered one of the most outstanding finishes of the men's 100 metres in Olympic history.[10][11]

Contents

CompetitionEdit

The seven round one heats were won by three Jamaican and three American favorites and Dwain Chambers of Britiain. Ryan Bailey was the fastest qualifier with a personal best 9.88.

In the first semi-final, Justin Gatlin ran the fastest semi-final in history 9.82, ahead of Churandy Martina 9.91and former world record holder Asafa Powell in 9.94. Suwaibou Sanneh improved his national record for Gambia at 10.18, set the day before. In the second semi-final, defending champion Usain Bolt ran a relaxed race, finishing in 9.87. Ryan Bailey was second 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.[12][13]

RecordsEdit

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

ScheduleEdit

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

ResultsEdit

PreliminariesEdit

[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 1Edit

 
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   Republic of the 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 2Edit

 
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 3Edit

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 4Edit

 
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 1Edit

[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 1Edit

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 2Edit

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 Rondel 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 3Edit

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 4Edit

 
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
9 Idrissa Adam   Cameroon 0.206 DNF
Wind: +0.4 m/s

Heat 5Edit

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   Republic of the Congo 0.157 10.94
Wind: 0.0 m/s

Heat 6Edit

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 7Edit

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
4 Kim Collins   Saint Kitts and Nevis N/A DNS
Wind: +2.0 m/s

SemifinalsEdit

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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.

Semifinal 1Edit

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

Semifinal 2Edit

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

Semifinal 3Edit

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 Rondel Sorrillo   Trinidad and Tobago 0.140 10.31
2 Kemar Hyman   Cayman Islands N/A DNS
Wind: +1.7 m/s

FinalEdit

 
Start of the final; lane 9 is closest.
Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Result Notes
  7 Usain Bolt   Jamaica 0.165 9.63 OR
  5 Yohan Blake   Jamaica 0.179 9.75 =PB
  6 Justin Gatlin   United States 0.178 9.79 PB
4 8 Ryan Bailey   United States 0.176 9.88 =PB
5 9 Churandy Martina   Netherlands 0.139 9.94
6 2 Richard Thompson   Trinidad and Tobago 0.160 9.98
7 3 Asafa Powell   Jamaica 0.155 12.00
4 Tyson Gay   United States 0.145 9.80 DQ
Wind: +1.5 m/s

IncidentEdit

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]

ReferencesEdit

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