Jamaica's Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake led their team to gold and a new world record in the men's 4x100-meter relay final Saturday night, bringing a thrilling end to competition at the London Olympic Stadium.
Usain Bolt fans across the world have been celebrating his sprinting success by striking the famous 'Bolt pose' in a number of creative locations. Have you been striking the pose too? If so, send your photos to iReport.
Channeling his best Muhammad Ali, Usain Bolt showed his greatness Thursday on the track then made sure everyone was clear on the brilliance they had just witnessed.
The 2012 London Olympics has been an awe-inspiring event -- with daily doses of drama, guts and glory -- but its zenith was always going to be the showdown of the gladiators of pace that is the men's 100 meters final.
Watch CNN's Becky Anderson, Linford Christie and crowds in London react to Usain Bolt's win in the men's 100 meter dash.
Linford Christie puts Usain Bolt through his paces with quick fire questions.
Sprint superstar Usain Bolt was beaten by fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake for the second time in 48 hours on Sunday as he was pipped to first place in the 200m final at the Caribbean nation's Olympic trials.
Yohan Blake stunned Usain Bolt over 100m in the Jamaica Olympic trials to signal his intent ahead of the London Games where they will battle again for gold medal glory.
Linford Christie takes a look at why Jamaican sprinters such as Usain Bolt are so dominant in major competitions.
Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt has told CNN he can set a new 100 meter world record at the London 2012 Olympic Games -- and could run as fast as 9.4 seconds.
Sprint star Usain Bolt tells CNN he can break the 100 meter world record at London 2012.
1. Bolt disqualified. It was a bit like seeing Old Faithful oversleep or Big Ben lose track of time. At the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, in August, Jamaica's Usain Bolt, the Olympic champion and world's fastest man, false-started and watched the final of the men's 100 meters from the sidelines. In his absence, Bolt's 21-year-old teammate, Yohan Blake, won the race in 9.92 seconds (Blake would follow up a few weeks in Brussels by running the second-fastest 200 in history, .07 seconds behind Bolt's record of 19.19). But a sprint race without Bolt is really Christmas without Santa. His explosions out of the blocks are among the few athletic viewings that can leave spectators in awe. Instead, his mistake left the running world in a state of aw-shucks.
Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt was named athlete of the year for the third time Saturday after his double world championship success in Daegu.
Usain Bolt ensured the world athletics championships in Daegu ended on a high by leading Jamaica to a stunning world record in the final of the men's 4x100m relay on Sunday.
DAEGU, South Korea -- This time, Usain Bolt showed us more.
Usain Bolt put his 100m nightmare behind him to claim gold in the 200m final at the world championships in Daegu Saturday.
DAEGU, South Korea -- The significant portion of the world that doesn't pay attention to track and field except when there is a ceremonial flame burning on the rim of the stadium first was brought into Usain Bolt's orbit on the night of Aug. 16, 2008 at the Beijing Birds Nest stadium. It was there that Bolt won the 100-meter gold medal in a world record 9.69 seconds despite dropping anchor before the finish line, a breathtaking show of dismissive domination. Think: Vintage Tiger winning the Masters while laughing and putting with a lob wedge during the Sunday back nine.
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DAEGU, South Korea -- Here was the moment, the only moment that truly matters beyond the four walls of a flagging sport. It was 8:41 Sunday night in a stadium set among green hillsides outside this industrial city. The seats were no more than two-thirds filled, but the halfhearted turnout of apathetic locals whose leaders simply bought a world championship event, is more than balanced by millions watching (or readying to watch later) on televisions and computer screens around the world.
Reigning world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt has eased his way through the 100m heats on the first day of the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
DAEGU, South Korea -- Seven reasons, among many, to make a little time for the World Track and Field Championships, which begin Saturday in this city of 2.5 million people, 145 miles southeast of Seoul.
World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt cruised to a comfortable victory in the men's 200m at the Diamond League meeting in Stockholm on Friday.
In some ways, very little has changed in the four years since Usain Bolt evolved sprinting. When it comes time to introduce Bolt at an international track meet anywhere on the planet, the stadium falls into anticipatory silence. A steadicam operator trains his lens on Bolt, who then puts on a little show. Sometimes he feigns slicking back his hair. Sometimes he runs through a series of hand gestures. At all times -- including when he is sick or injured, which of late, has been quite frequently -- he seems sublimely relaxed.
World and Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt had to battle hard to win the 100 meters race at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Friday.
Usain Bolt easily beat his Jamaican compatriot Steve Mullings Tuesday to record the second victory of his return to track and field after a nine-month layoff.
World 100 meter record holder Usain Bolt made a winning return to action after a nine-month injury lay-off, beating rival Asafa Powell in Rome.
World and Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt is back in training after his season was cut short due to injury.
Surely the Olympic rings were turned on their sides this past week. Two giants of their respective sports suffered rare defeats when Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps each lost races.
Surely the Olympic rings were turned on their sides this past week. Two giants of their respective sports suffered rare defeats when Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps each lost races.
World and Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt will not be back in action until 2011 because of an injury to his lower back.
As sprinting announcements go, this one isn't official until all the hamstrings and egos are actually in the starting blocks, but barring a late withdrawal, the 100 meters at the DN Galan Diamond League track meet in Stockholm on Friday night could be the highlight of the season. Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt has announced that he will be sprinting against a field that includes his countryman Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay of the U.S., a loaded roster that the sport rarely sees outside of Olympics and world championships. Since athletes often duck and dodge rivals to protect their reputation, Bolt's participation is further sign that -- with his most recent defeat coming in 2008 -- he has no serious challengers.
World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt made a victorious return to action, after a month on the sidelines, by winning the 100m at the Lausanne Diamond League meeting in Switzerland.
Usain Bolt may bolt from another event, depending on the source you choose to believe. Although Bolt's coach, Glen Mills, says the sprinter will not run in the Jamaican team trials for the Commonwealth Games next week, Mills now says the quadrennial competition, set to open in Delhi on Oct. 3, was never actually on his schedule in the first place. That comes as news to organizers, who have been promoting Bolt's appearance since last year.
Sprint-king Usain Bolt showed he could again prove dominant in the sprint distances by running the fastest 100-meters of the year in Daegu, Korea on Wednesday.
Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt has been named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for the second successive time at a star-studded ceremony in Abu Dhabi.
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Sports Illustrated will announce its choice for Sportsman of the Year on Nov. 30. Here's one of the nominations for that honor by an SI writer. Encores happen in sport, this we know. Michael Jordan kept winning NBA titles. Joe Montana kept winning Super Bowls. Lance Armstrong kept winning Tours de France. Greatness once established is proved again and solidified, and a legend's resume grows longer. But in 2009, Usain Bolt did something far more remarkable -- he improved on the impossible.
He's the fastest runner ever, but Usain Bolt accepts that it will take people time to believe that he has no illegal assistance.
Usain Bolt concluded what has been a phenomenal season with another breathtaking display over his favourite 200 meters distance at the World Athletics Final in Thessalonika.
The world's fastest man Usain Bolt has withdrawn from a meeting in South Korea later this month due to fatigue, according to its organizers.
Jamaican Usain Bolt continued his remarkable summer by producing another awesome performance to win the 200 meters at the Golden League meeting in Brussels on Friday.
World 100 and 200 meters record holder Usain Bolt will compete solely in the longer sprint distance at the Golden League meeting in Brussels on Friday.
Record-breaking athlete Usain Bolt tells CNN's Fred Pleitgen about his recent exploits on the track.
After bagging three gold medals and setting two world records at the Berlin world championships, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt told CNN he didn't expect to be so successful.
Puma CEO, Jochen Zeitz talks to CNN's Jim Boulden about the company's partnership with Usain Bolt and sponsoring other athletes.
Usain Bolt broke his own world record in the 200 meters as he completed the sprint double at the World Championships in Berlin in sensational style.
Usain Bolt completed his hat-trick of sprint titles at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin as he helped the all-conquering Jamaican side power to victory in the men's 4x100m relay final.
In the space of just a year, Usain St. Leo Bolt has become one the most recognizable people on the planet.
On Thursday, Usain Bolt smashed another world record by finishing the 200 meters in 19.19 seconds at the world championships. SI.com caught up with senior writer Tim Layden to get his thoughts on the Jamaican sprinter's historic performance.
Fresh from setting the world of athletics alight by running a blistering new world record time of 9.58 seconds in the men's 100 meters at the World Championships in Berlin, Usain Bolt has told reporters "anything is possible" for the future.
BERLIN -- The world's fastest man is now even faster, swifter still than the Usain Bolt who sprinted and danced to an Olympic victory at the Beijing Olympics last year. The Jamaican superstar fired off another world record at the world championships in Berlin Sunday, lowering his own 100-meter mark to 9.58 seconds from the 9.69 he ran in winning the Olympics. Unlike last summer, Bolt ran through the finish line, waiting until after his moment in history to celebrate. He was gamely chased by a rejuvenated Tyson Gay, the U.S. rival and defending world champion who was felled by a hamstring injury last year and established himself as a worthy challenger to Bolt with some strong early-season performances. Gay finished in a solid 9.71 seconds, a time only Bolt has ever surpassed in history. Jamaica's Asafa Powell finished third in 9.84.
The fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolt, admitted he is still fine-tuning his on-track performance ahead of next month's world athletics championships in Berlin in an exclusive with CNN.
With two races down and two to go in the marquee event of the IAAF world Championships in Berlin, one man is all smiles and the other is all business. Olympic champ Usain Bolt of Jamaica sprinted with such ease and confidence in the first two rounds of the 100 meters at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday, he motioned for his friend and training partner, Daniel Bailey of Antigua, to go past him and win the quarterfinal heat by a hundredth of a second as he waved Bailey across the line. Bailey crossed in 10.02 seconds; Bolt was next to him in 10.03. Call it showing off. Call it bravado. Or if you're Bolt, the man who looked around for his competition before cruising across the finish line at the Beijing Olympics in world-record time last summer, simply call it confidence.
Usain Bolt coasted into the second round of the world championships 100 meters as arch-rival Tyson Gay secured the quickest time of the first set of qualifiers in Berlin on Saturday.
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Triple Olympic champion and world 100m record holder Usain Bolt has said he wants to emulate the great Jesse Owens at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin.
Tyson Gay sent out a world championship message to Usain Bolt as he eased to victory in the 200 meters at the London Grand Prix on Saturday in a super-fast 20 seconds dead.
Usain Bolt gave further evidence if any was needed of his superlative form ahead of the world championships with an outstanding victory over 100 meters in the London Grand Prix on Friday night.
CNN's Alex Thomas talks to the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt about his form and dealing with fame since the 2008 Olympic Games.
Triple Olympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt set a new meeting record in Lausanne with a stunning run over 200 meters of 19.59 seconds despite appalling weather conditions.
The 100m world record holder Usain Bolt cruised to victory in the 200 meters at the Jamaican Championships in Kingston, to complete a sprint double over the weekend.
Usain Bolt kicked off his European track campaign with a blistering performance over 100 meters in Ostrava on Wednesday night.
World record holder and Olympic champion Usain Bolt added yet another title to his tally after racing to victory in the Bupa Great CityGames 150 meter sprint in a new best time in Manchester on Sunday.
Usain Bolt, who was involved in a high speed car smash in his native Jamaica last month, will be fit to run in a special street race in Manchester this weekend.
The world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, has escaped serious injury in a car crash in his native Jamaica which wrecked his high-speed sports car.
Sports Illustrated will announce its choice for Sportsman of the Year on Dec. 2. Here's one of the nominations for that honor by an SI writer. For more essays, click here.
Last week, SI.com caught up with nine-time gold medalist Carl Lewis at the Audi Best Buddies Challenge, a charity bicycle tour and fundraising event to help people with intellectual disabilities. Lewis weighed in on everything from Usain Bolt's record-breaking performance in Beijing to Team USA fumbling the baton in the relays.
Usain Bolt clocked 19.63 seconds after easing up before the finish in his first 200-meter outing since his Olympic sprint double, at the Athletissima Grand Prix on Tuesday.
Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt continued his unstoppable streak of form with a comprehensive win in the 100 meters at the Zurich Golden League meeting on Friday.
Some back-in-the-U.S, jet-legged final thoughts after the Olympic track meet in Beijing:
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Sprint king Usain Bolt won his third gold medal of the Games as he helped Jamaica win the men's 4x100 meter relay gold medal, shattering the world record in the process.
Bolt annihilated two world speed records at these Olympic Games. Can he go faster? Can anyone?
Usain Bolt helped Jamaica win the 400-meter relay final in 37.10 seconds Friday night for his third gold medal and third world record of the Olympics
Jamaica's sprint sensation Usain Bolt should show more respect to his beaten rivals says International Olympic Committee chief Jacques Rogge.
The gold medal winner says when he saw his race played on TV he thought, 'That guy is fast'
BEIJING -- There will always be another. This is the eternal lesson of track and field. On a sweltering August night 12 years ago, Michael Johnson lashed the 200-meter world record to his back and seemed to drag it deep into the future. He ran 19.32 seconds, so fast that young men accepted that they would not see the record broken again in their lifetimes.
It's another race with history at the Bird's Nest, as the free-spirit Jamaican sprinter sets his second world mark
BEIJING -- It remains the most arresting track and field moment I have ever witnessed live.
Usain Bolt of Jamaica smashed the world record in winning the 200 meters in 19.30 seconds on Wednesday to complete a stunning sprint double in Beijing.
BEIJING -- In the belly of the Bird's Nest past midnight, Usain Bolt emerged from a room where drug testing is done, having delivered the samples that might someday say as much about his performance as his winning time. He stepped into a wide hallway where giddy Olympic volunteers beseeched his autograph and his picture. He scribbled again and again, attaching his name to scraps of paper and to shirts, to programs and to credentials hanging from lanyards and surely they would have stayed all night with him.
Usain Bolt smashed his own world record in winning the Olympic 100 meters title in Beijing with one of the most remarkable performances in the history of track and field.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt broke the 100m world record with ease. With two races to go, he might take over the Olympics
Bolt crosses the finish line with a chest-pumping victory
Usain Bolt of Jamaica easily broke his own world record in the 100 meters to win the Olympic gold medal Saturday
BEIJING -- Do the eyes lie or do the eyes tell the truth? If they tell the truth, the Olympic 100 meters is over. Break out the gold medal, give it to 21-year-old Jamaican world record holder Usain Bolt and run the race for silver and bronze. Check that; give the silver to his countryman, Asafa Powell and run the race for bronze.
BEIJING -- At 10:13 Monday morning in an Olympic swim stadium called the Water Cube, a world record was broken. Kirsty Coventry, a 24-year-old from Zimbabwe, touched first in a semifinal heat of the 100-meter backstroke, and the towering scoreboard froze numbers and letters next to her name: 58.77 WR. Three people in the audience clapped politely while yawning and checking spectator bus schedules.
To the interloper, the Olympic 100 meters is but a 10-second event. What's shorter? A drag race? Bull-riding?
Usain Bolt showed he will be the man to beat in Beijing over 200 meters with another commanding performance in the London Grand Prix on Saturday.
Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell go head-to-head in a 100 meters warmup for the Beijing Olympics in Stockholm on Tuesday.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt underlined his superb pre-Olympic form by recording the fastest 200 meters of the year at an international meeting in Athens on Sunday.
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