LONDON - The race had the billing of the fastest Olympic 100 meters ever. And the sprinters did not disappoint.
Jamaican Usain Bolt showed little doubt he is still the "world's fastest man." The defending champion broke an Olympic record by running a 9.63. He beat fellow countryman Yohan Blake, who posted a 9.75 time. American and 2004 Olympic champion Justin Gatlin collected the bronze medal with a time of 9.79.
American and former University of Arkansas sprinter finished fourth with 9.8. The third American, Ryan Bailey, finished fifth.
Bolt is the first sprinter to defend a gold medal in the event since American Carl Lewis won back-to-back golds in 1984 and 1988.
NBC will air the 100 meters final tonight during its Olympic coverage.