Was lucky enough to see Usain Bolt win the Olympic gold in men's 100-metre dash, sets Games record in Olympic Final London 2012 while the stadium erupts !!
Passes across the line in a blazing fast 9.63 seconds — topping his Beijing Olympic record of 9.69 but leaving his 2009 world-record 9.58 intact. —0.06 seconds quicker than his mark in Beijing four years ago (though still 0.05 seconds slower than his world-record performance in Berlin in 2009)
See the bottle being thrown in the back round onto the track just before the starter gun goes off.
|The Bolt Arms|
Bolt gets a Gold Wenlock
Bolt doing interviews
100m competition format
The 100m is run along the home straight of the athletics track. Athletes start in the set position – kneeling down with their feet in the starting blocks
The 100m competition starts with a preliminary round, which is limited to those athletes who have not as yet achieved the qualifying standards. The qualification procedure from this round is determined by the final number of entrants.
The competition then continues with heats. The number of heats and the number of athletes progressing to the next round depends on the number of athletes competing. In each heat the fastest athletes go through, as well as a set number of the fastest losers across all the heats. The following rounds run on the same format, until eight athletes are through to compete in the final.
The draw to determine which heat athletes run in is decided by their initial seedings (based on previous performance) for the first round, and then their performances after that. This ensures that the highest seeded athletes are not drawn in the same heat.
In the first round, an athlete’s lane allocation is drawn by lot, and in subsequent rounds it is dependent on their performance. The highest-seeded athletes are drawn in the centre lanes.
Keys to success
In sprint races, the time separating athletes can be as little as one hundredth of a second, requiring a photo finish. A good start is crucial, as is technique while running and the quality of the finish. The winning athletes must be relaxed but perfectly focused on their race.
Breaking the rules
The most dramatic error for spectators, and arguably the most cruel for athletes, is the false start. Once in the set position on the blocks, any athlete moves off the starting blocks either before the gun has fired or within 0.10 sec of the gun firing is disqualified. Athletes can also be penalised for running out of their lane or obstructing another athlete.