Usain Bolt has admitted there have been times where he has considered coming out of retirement

On this day in 2012, August 5, track and field legend Usain Bolt defended and set a new Olympic 100m record (race video from @olympics below).

Bolt ran 9.63, which at the time lowered his previous best of 9.69, done in Beijing 2008. The Beijing run was also a world record, which lasted for one year.

The 9.63 still stands as an Olympic Games 100m record.

Bolt was followed by fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake, who took silver in 9.75 and 2004 Olympic 100m Champion Justin Gatlin, third in 9.79.

All the finalists, expect Jamaica’s Asafa Powell, who pulled up in the race, ran under 10 seconds in what was the fastest Olympic 100m final in history.

“It was wonderful,” said the 25-year-old. “I knew it was going to be like this. There wasn’t a doubt in my mind that it was going to be loud and it was going to be great.

“You can feel that energy, so I feel extremely good, and I’m happy.”

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By Anthony Foster

Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

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