Jamaica's Usain Bolt rewrote the record books again and easily captured his first Olympic medal by running the 100-meter dash in a stunning 9.69 seconds. Laying claim to the title of "world's fastest man," Bolt beat Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago by 0.2 seconds, while American Walter Dix was third. It marked the first time six runners came in under 10 seconds in the Olympic race.
It was a blowout as the 21-year-old Bolt took a huge lead halfway through the race and finished upright, looking to his right to find not a challenger but a gaggle of photographers recording history. "It wasn't planned," he said of the record. "My aim was to come out and win. When I saw the time, I'm celebrating. I'm happy." American Tyson Gay, who was supposed to challenge, was eliminated in the semifinals.