Bolt Retains Olympic 100-Meter Title as Murray Defeats Federer
Usain Bolt ran an Olympic record 9.63 seconds yesterday to retain his 100-meter title after Andy Murray eased past Roger Federer to become the first British male to win the tennis singles gold since 1908.
Bolt’s Jamaican countryman Yohan Blake, the world champion, was second in 9.75 seconds, and 2004 Olympic champion Justin Gatlin of the U.S. took the bronze medal in 9.79 at the Olympic Stadium in London.
“When it comes to business I know what I need to do,” Bolt, 25, said in a televised trackside interview. “I felt extremely good and I’m happy.”
Bolt and Carl Lewis of the U.S. are the only men to successfully defend the Olympic 100 meters title. Lewis won in 1984 and finished second four years later behind Ben Johnson before being awarded the gold after the Canadian was disqualified for failing a drug test.
After the first nine days of the games, China tops the medals table with 61 total, including 30 golds. The U.S. has 60 medals, 28 of them gold. Britain has 37 in all.
Today on the track, medals will be awarded in the men’s 400 meters and 400-meter hurdles and the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. Men’s sprint cycling and the equestrian team jumping competition will be decided along with the men’s rings and vault in gymnastics.
Yesterday, Sanya Richards-Ross of the U.S. won the women’s 400 meters, with defending champion Christine Ohuruogu of Britain finishing second and DeeDee Trotter of the U.S. third. South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, who runs with prosthetic blades, failed to reach the men’s 400-meter final.
Murray, 25, beat Federer for the host nation’s 16th gold medal. The Scot won 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 a month after losing to the 30-year-old Swiss in the Wimbledon final on the same Centre Court as his wait for a Grand Slam title continued.
“It’s the biggest win of my life,” Murray told the British Broadcasting Corp. “I’ve had a lot of tough losses in my career. This is the best way to come back.”
Murray was unable to add the gold in the mixed doubles, finishing as runner-up with Laura Robson to Belarus’s Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi.
Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam singles champion, had been aiming to win the singles title for a first time. He won the men's doubles gold in Beijing.
They’re the first to retain the title since fellow Americans Gigi Fernandez and Mary Joe Fernandez in Barcelona in 1992 and Atlanta in 1996. Two days ago, Serena secured her first Olympic singles title by beating Russia’s Maria Sharapova.
Ethiopia’s Tiki Gelana won the women’s marathon in an Olympic record time of 2 hours, 23 minutes, 7 seconds.
The 24-year-old crossed the finish line, on the Mall near Buckingham Palace in central London, five seconds ahead of Kenya’s Priscah Jeptoo, with Russia’s Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova third.
In a repeat of the 2008 men’s singles final in badminton, China’s Lin Dan defended his title against Chong Wei Lee of Malaysia. China also had success in the men’s doubles as Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng defeated Denmark’s Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen in the final.
Britain’s Ben Ainslie won the men’s Finn class to become the most successful Olympic sailor of all time. The 35-year-old now has four Olympic gold medals and a silver.
Jonas Hogh-Christensen of Denmark, who led Ainslie going into yesterday’s medal race, took silver, with France’s Jonathan Lobert winning the last race to secure the bronze medal.
In the Star sailing category, Sweden’s Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen got gold, with Britain and Brazil also winning medals.
China’s Zou Kai, 24, retained his floor gymnastics title at the North Greenwich Arena for his fifth Olympic gold medal. Three-time world champion Kohei Uchimura and Russia’s Denis Ablyazin finished in a tie, with the Japanese awarded silver because of a higher execution score.
Hungary’s Krisztian Berki won gold in the pommel-horse event, with Britain’s Louis Smith and Max Whitlock taking silver and bronze. Sandra Izbasa of Romania won the women’s vault, McKayla Maroney of the U.S. was second and Russia’s Maria Paseka third.
China’s Wu Minxia won the women’s 3-meter springboard diving. Denmark’s Lasse Norman Hansen won the men’s Omnium cycling, with Bryan Coquard of France getting silver, and Britain’s Edward Clancy bronze.
Italy won the gold medal in the fencing men’s team foil event, defeating Japan 45-39 in the final. China’s Zhou Lulu, 24, hoisted a world-record 333 kilos (734 pounds) to win the women’s over-75 kilo weightlifting.
Roman Vlasov of Russia defeated Arsen Julfalakyan of Armenia to win the gold medal in men’s Greco-Roman 74-kilogram wrestling, with Iran’s Hamid Soryan winning in the 55-kilogram category.
Jin Jongoh of South Korea retained his Olympic 50-meter pistol title, which he added to the 10-meter gold.
In women’s basketball, the U.S. beat China 114-66, Brazil defeated Britain 78-66, Turkey got past Croatia 70-65 and Canada lost 73-62 to Australia. The Czech Republic eased to an 82-47 rout of Angola.