Jamaica's Usain Bolt sprinted his way into the Olympic record books Sunday at the London Games, joining Carl Lewis as the only men to defend the title of "World's Fastest Man."
Bolt won his second straight gold in the men's 100 meters, breaking his own Olympic record to defeat countryman Yohan Blake. Bolt's successful defense of gold links him with Lewis, who won the event in 1984 and 1988 for the United States.
The world-record holder finished the race in 9.63 seconds, shaving .06 seconds off his winning time from the 2008 Beijing Games. Blake crossed the finish line .12 seconds later, while Justin Gatlin of the U.S. took bronze with a time of 9.79 seconds.
"It was wonderful," said Bolt. "I knew it was going to be like this. There wasn't a doubt in my mind it was going to be like this."
American Tyson Gay was fourth, just .01 seconds behind Gatlin. The U.S. also held the fifth spot with Ryan Bailey posting a time of 9.88 seconds.
In the months leading up to the games, many wondered if Bolt could beat Blake. After all, Blake won gold at last year's world championships, while Bolt bowed out of the competition due to a disqualification for a false start. The man known as "The Beast" also defeated Bolt in both the 100 and 200 at the Jamaican Olympic Trials.