- By Jason Dougas Lewis
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Jamaica’s Bolt and Fraser-Pryce take home the gold for a second consecutive Olympics.
It did not take long for Jamaica’s Usain Bolt to show that the world had not caught up to him, as he won the 100-meter dash for a second consecutive Olympics.
AP Photo/Matt Dunham
Jamacia’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce also stayed ahead of the field. It might not have been by much, but it was enough to earn her a gold medal for a second consecutive Olympics. AP Photo/Matt Dunham
Article originally published by the Los Angeles Sentinel. www.lasentinel.net
By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor (2010-2013)
The gymnastics, swimming, and beach volleyball events were nice and all but lets be real, track and field is the main attraction at the Olympics, and the 100-meter dash is the main event.
No judges. No scoring system that nobody understands. No rules that takes away from the true competition of the games. The athletes are not taking turns, competing one at a time. They are lining up right next to each other on one end of the straight away, with the gold medal waiting on the other end.
Nine plus seconds for the men, 10 plus seconds for the women. That is it. Who wants it the most?
Well, judging from the last two Olympics, the black folks from that small Caribbean island of three million people want it the most, because they are running the Americans and the rest of the world off of the track.
During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the men and women’s 100-meter dash gold medals. Earlier this week in London they did it again.
Bolt becomes the second man to win the gold medal in the 100-meter dash in consecutive Olympics. American Carl Lewis did it in 1984 and 1988. Fraser-Pryce became the first woman to repeat since American Gail Divers did so in 1992 and 1996.
The only suspense in the men’s race was whether or not the field had caught up to Bolt due to his inactivity and coming up short at major track meets. But it only took about 50 meters for him to squash all of that nonsense, as he pulled away from the field with ease and was about a stride in front of the pack as he crossed the finish line with a time of 9.64.
The Americans did put up a fight, with Justin Gatlin making a great comeback to the world stage after serving a four-year suspension for testing positive to performance enhancing drugs. He once held the world record in the 100-meter dash, and he won the gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Gatlin shot out of the blocks and he looked like he had a chance, along with fellow American Tyson Gay, but Bolt stepped right past both of them with ease.
Also coming in ahead of Gatlin and Gay was Jamaica’s Yohan Blake, who grabbed the silver medal, while Gatlin took the bronze.
These men will have one more showdown in the 400-meter relay, which the Jamaican’s also won in 2008. Chances are they will do the same again.
As for the women, America’s Carmelita Jeter looked like she may of had Fraser-Pryce’s number, and spectators around the world had to hold their breath until the very end of the race to see who won. No surprise, the Jamaica beat the American again.
Fraser-Pryce out leaned Jeter for a time of 10.75, compared to Jeter’s 10.78.
The US is always in the mix when it comes to being the fastest humans in the world, but as of right now, that title clearly belongs to the Jamaicans, and seeing that they are specializing in track and field, while many of our best athletes play football and basketball, do not be surprised if the Jamaicans continue to dominate the premiere event at the Olympics.