| Event type

100 metres, Men

Date4 – 5 August 2012
LocationOlympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants74 from 61 countries

Usain Bolt won this race in 2008, along with the 200 metres and intially a gold in the 4x100 metre relay, although it was later overturned for a drug disqualification by one of his teammates. At the 2009 World Championships, Bolt won all three titles, and was considered by many as the greatest sprinter in history. But 2011 and early 2012 had not been as strong for him as he struggled with injury problems. At the 2011 World Championships, he false started in the final of the 100 and was disqualified, the title going to his countryman, Yohan Blake. Blake had beaten Bolt one other time in the 100, at the 2012 Jamaican Olympic Trials, and was considered a strong challenger to his title in London. Also challenging the two Jamaicans were Americans Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin. Gay was the 2007 World Champion at both 100 and 200 metres, but hip injuries had since limited his effectiveness. Gatlin had won the gold medal in this event at the 2004 Olympics, but later had a doping positive and had only returned to competition in 2011.

All four of the favorites made the finals, where they were joined by the third Jamaican, Asafa Powell, former world record hold in the event, but one who seemed to struggle in the biggest international meets; the third American, up-and-comer Ryan Bailey; Dutch runner Churandy Martina, who had formerly competed for the Netherlands Antilles, before the dissolution of that nation in 2010; and Trinidadian Richard Thompson.

The final had an early problem when cretinous spectator Ashley Gill-Webb of Leeds threw a beer bottle onto the track just before the race was to start. Gill-Webb did not know he was seated next to Dutch Olympian judoka Edith Bosch, who quickly subdued him before the authorities arrived to escort him from the stadium. He was later charged with causing harassment, alarm or distress, and pleaded not guilty, although he was found guilty of public disorder in January 2013, and was sentenced to eight weeks of community service in February 2013.

Once the runners were away Gatlin, Blake, Powell, and Gay were out quickly, as Bolt is not known for his starts. But this was better than usual for him and he was in the lead by 40 metres. Powell pulled up from a groin pull although he would finish the race, barely and in last place. In the final 40 metres Bolt pulled away to win in 9.63, the second-fastest time ever, with Blake trailing for silver in 9.75, and Gatlin getting bronze in 9.79. Gay just missed the medals in fourth in 9.80.

Bolt became the third man to defend his Olympic 100 metres title, after Archie Hahn in 1904-06, and Carl Lewis in 1984-88. But both came with an asterisk as Hahn had the always-present 1906 problem, while Lewis only won in 1988 after the disqualification of Ben Johnson for stanozolol use. A few days later, Bolt would also defend his Olympic gold medal in the 200, becoming the first runner ever to defend the 100-200 Olympic double, and he would win three Olympic sprint gold medals, leading Jamaica to a world-record in the 400 relay in London.

PosNrAthleteNOCPreliminary RoundR1SFFinal
12170Usain BoltJAM10.09 (1 h4)9.87 (1 h2)9.63 (1)Gold
22169Yohan BlakeJAM10.00 (1 h6)9.85 (1 h3)9.75 (2)Silver
33216Justin GatlinUSA9.97 (1 h2)9.82 (1 h1)9.79 (3)Bronze
43205Ryan BaileyUSA9.88 (1 h3)9.96 (2 h2)9.88 (4)
52547Churandy MartinaNED10.20 (3 h5)9.91 (2 h1)9.94 (5)
63051Richard ThompsonTTO10.14 (1 h1)10.02 (3 h2)9.98 (6)
72184Asafa PowellJAM10.04 (1 h5)9.94 (3 h1)11.99 (7)
2 h3 r3/41809Adam GemiliGBR10.11 (2 h5)10.06 (2 h3)
3 h3 r3/41098Derrick AtkinsBAH10.22 (2 h2)10.08 (3 h3)
4 h1 r3/43038Keston BledmanTTO10.13 (3 h7)10.04 (4 h1)
4 h2 r3/41803Dwain ChambersGBR10.02 (1 h7)10.05 (4 h2)
4 h3 r3/41303Justyn WarnerCAN10.09 (3 h3)10.09 (4 h3)
5 h1 r3/41401Ben Youssef MeïtéCIV10.06 (2 h3)10.13 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/43365Gerald PhiriZAM10.16 (2 h1)10.11 (5 h2)
5 h3 r3/42241Ryota YamagataJPN10.07 (2 h6)10.10 (5 h3)
6 h1 r3/41769Jimmy VicautFRA10.11 (2 h7)10.16 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/41016Daniel BaileyANT10.12 (2 h4)10.16 (6 h2)
6 h3 r3/43049Rondel SorrilloTTO10.23 (3 h2)10.31 (6 h3)
7 h1 r3/41805James DasaoluGBR10.13 (3 h4)10.18 (7 h1)
7 h2 r3/42919Antoine AdamsSKN10.22 (4 h6)10.27 (7 h2)
8 h1 r3/41797Su Wai'bou SannehGAM10.21 (5 h3)10.18 (8 h1)
8 h2 r3/41360Su BingtianCHN10.19 (3 h6)10.28 (8 h2)
DNS h3 r3/41327Kemar HymanCAY10.16 (4 h3)– (DNS h3)1
3 h1 r2/42598Jaysuma Saidy NdureNOR10.28 (3 h1)
4 h1 r2/41636Ángel David RodríguezESP10.34 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/42657Dariusz KućPOL10.24 (4 h2)
4 h4 r2/41589Amru SeoudEGY10.22 (4 h4)
4 h5 r2/42082Reza GhasemiIRI10.31 (4 h5)
4 h7 r2/41101Warren FraserBAH10.27 (4 h7)
5 h1 r2/42985Jurgen ThemenSUR10.55 (1 h2)10.53 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/41215Nilson AndréBRA10.26 (5 h2)
5 h4 r2/42923Jason RogersSKN10.30 (5 h4)
5 h5 r2/42570Obinna MetuNGR10.35 (5 h5)
5 h6 r2/42568Peter EmeliezeNGR10.22 (5 h6)
5 h7 r2/42745Miguel LópezPUR10.31 (5 h7)
6 h1 r2/41417Isidro MontoyaCOL10.54 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/42220Masashi EriguchiJPN10.30 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/42427Rytis SakalauskasLTU10.29 (6 h3)
6 h4 r2/42567Ogho-Oghene EgweroNGR10.38 (6 h4)
6 h5 r2/41127Ramon GittensBAR10.35 (6 h5)
6 h6 r2/42024Jeremy BascomGUY10.31 (6 h6)
6 h7 r2/41273Gérard KobéanéBUR10.42 (1 h4)10.48 (6 h7)
7 h1 r2/42917Gary YeoSGP10.57 (2 h3)10.69 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/42618Barakat Al-HarthiOMA10.41 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/41275Béranger BosseCAF10.55 (1 h3)10.55 (7 h3)
7 h4 r2/41882Holder da SilvaGBS10.69 (3 h1)10.71 (7 h4)
7 h5 r2/42007Paul WilliamsGRN10.65 (7 h5)
7 h6 r2/41668Marek NiitEST10.40 (7 h6)
7 h7 r2/42530Fabrice CoifficMRI10.62 (2 h4)10.59 (7 h7)
8 h2 r2/42061Fernando LumainINA10.80 (2 h2)10.90 (8 h2)
8 h3 r2/41209Arturo RojasBOL10.62 (1 h1)10.65 (8 h3)
8 h5 r2/41329Devilert Arsene KimbembeCGO10.68 (2 h1)10.94 (8 h5)
8 h6 r2/42493Azneem AhmedMDV10.79 (3 h3)10.84 (8 h6)
3 h2 r1/41795Wilfried BingangoyeGAB10.89 (3 h2)
3 h4 r1/43360Courtney WilliamsVIN10.80 (3 h4)
4 h1 r1/43018Joseph Andy LuiTGA11.17 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/42621Liaqat AliPAK10.90 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/42166J'maal AlexanderIVB10.92 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/42523Rachid ChouhalMLT10.83 (4 h4)
5 h1 r1/41124Mohan KhanBAN11.25 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/42639Rodman TeltullPLW11.06 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/41793John HowardFSM11.05 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/42564Tilak Ram TharuNEP10.85 (5 h4)
6 h1 r1/42383Kilakone SiphonexayLAO11.30 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/43105Tavevele NoaTUV11.55 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/42943Chris Meke WalasiSOL11.42 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/41001Masoud AziziAFG11.19 (6 h4)
7 h1 r1/42964Christopher da CostaSTP11.56 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/42517Timi GarstangMHL12.81 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/41033Elama Fa'atonuASA11.48 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/42348Nooa TakooaKIR11.53 (7 h4)
8 h4 r1/41409Patrick TuaraCOK11.72 (8 h4)
AC h4 r2/41405Idrissa AdamCMR– (DNF h4)DNF
DQ3217Tyson GayUSA[10.08] (DQ h1)[9.90] (DQ h3)[9.80] (DQ)2
DNS2920Kim CollinsSKN– (DNS h7)3

Preliminary Round (4 August 2012 — 10:00)

Top two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to round one.

Heat One (10:00)

Wind0.9 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Arturo RojasBOL10.620.162Q
27Devilert Arsene KimbembeCGO10.680.143Q
34Holder da SilvaGBS10.690.168q
48Joseph Andy LuiTGA11.170.184
56Mohan KhanBAN11.250.149
65Kilakone SiphonexayLAO11.300.174
72Christopher da CostaSTP11.560.195

Heat Two (10:08)

Wind0.9 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Jurgen ThemenSUR10.550.158Q
24Fernando LumainINA10.800.155Q
32Wilfried BingangoyeGAB10.890.239
48Liaqat AliPAK10.900.169
56Rodman TeltullPLW11.060.171
67Tavevele NoaTUV11.550.180
73Timi GarstangMHL12.810.162

Heat Three (10:16)

Wind1.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Béranger BosseCAF10.550.162Q
28Gary YeoSGP10.570.159Q
34Azneem AhmedMDV10.790.153q
43J'maal AlexanderIVB10.920.163
55John HowardFSM11.050.203
62Chris Meke WalasiSOL11.420.164
77Elama Fa'atonuASA11.480.170

Heat Four (10:24)

Wind0.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Gérard KobéanéBUR10.420.194Q
28Fabrice CoifficMRI10.620.149Q
36Courtney WilliamsVIN10.800.164
42Rachid ChouhalMLT10.830.160
55Tilak Ram TharuNEP10.850.156
69Masoud AziziAFG11.190.167
77Nooa TakooaKIR11.530.155
84Patrick TuaraCOK11.720.165

Round One (4 August 2012 — 12:30)

Top three in each heat and next three fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One (12:30)

Wind-1.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Richard ThompsonTTO10.140.151Q
28Gerald PhiriZAM10.160.147Q
34Jaysuma Saidy NdureNOR10.280.166
45Ángel David RodríguezESP10.340.168
53Jurgen ThemenSUR10.530.169
69Isidro MontoyaCOL10.540.165
72Gary YeoSGP10.690.144
DQ7Tyson GayUSA[10.08][0.147]4

Heat Two (12:38)

Wind0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Justin GatlinUSA9.970.200Q
26Derrick AtkinsBAH10.220.179Q
35Rondel SorrilloTTO10.230.148Q
48Dariusz KućPOL10.240.163
59Nilson AndréBRA10.260.172
67Masashi EriguchiJPN10.300.144
73Barakat Al-HarthiOMA10.410.152
82Fernando LumainINA10.900.162

Heat Three (12:46)

Wind1.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Ryan BaileyUSA9.880.177Q
28Ben Youssef MeïtéCIV10.060.174Q
36Justyn WarnerCAN10.090.149Q
44Kemar HymanCAY10.160.150q
59Su Wai'bou SannehGAM10.210.176q
65Rytis SakalauskasLTU10.290.178
73Béranger BosseCAF10.550.170
82Arturo RojasBOL10.650.154

Heat Four (12:54)

Wind0.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Usain BoltJAM10.090.178Q
25Daniel BaileyANT10.120.162Q
36James DasaoluGBR10.130.174Q
43Amru SeoudEGY10.220.164
54Jason RogersSKN10.300.177
68Ogho-Oghene EgweroNGR10.380.174
72Holder da SilvaGBS10.710.182
DNF9Idrissa AdamCMR0.206

Heat Five (13:02)

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Asafa PowellJAM10.040.166Q
24Adam GemiliGBR10.110.156Q
36Churandy MartinaNED10.200.168Q
49Reza GhasemiIRI10.310.148
55Obinna MetuNGR10.350.153
68Ramon GittensBAR10.350.162
72Paul WilliamsGRN10.650.168
83Devilert Arsene KimbembeCGO10.940.157

Heat Six (13:10)

Wind1.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Yohan BlakeJAM10.000.175Q
27Ryota YamagataJPN10.070.149Q
33Su BingtianCHN10.190.162Q
46Antoine AdamsSKN10.220.154q
59Peter EmeliezeNGR10.220.153
68Jeremy BascomGUY10.310.135
74Marek NiitEST10.400.158
82Azneem AhmedMDV10.840.157

Heat Seven (13:18)

Wind2.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
19Dwain ChambersGBR10.020.157Q
26Jimmy VicautFRA10.110.196Q
35Keston BledmanTTO10.130.195Q
47Warren FraserBAH10.270.171
58Miguel LópezPUR10.310.145
62Gérard KobéanéBUR10.480.186
73Fabrice CoifficMRI10.590.165
DNS4Kim CollinsSKN5

Semi-Finals (5 August 2012 — 19:45)

Top two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.

Heat One (19:45)

Wind0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Justin GatlinUSA9.820.187Q
22Churandy MartinaNED9.910.148Q
34Asafa PowellJAM9.940.155q
48Keston BledmanTTO10.040.175
56Ben Youssef MeïtéCIV10.130.163
65Jimmy VicautFRA10.160.203
79James DasaoluGBR10.180.174
83Su Wai'bou SannehGAM10.180.175

Heat Two (19:53)

Wind1.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Usain BoltJAM9.870.180Q
27Ryan BaileyUSA9.960.155Q
38Richard ThompsonTTO10.020.158q
45Dwain ChambersGBR10.050.154
59Gerald PhiriZAM10.110.165
66Daniel BaileyANT10.160.142
72Antoine AdamsSKN10.270.159
83Su BingtianCHN10.280.157

Heat Three (20:01)

Wind1.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Yohan BlakeJAM9.850.176Q
27Adam GemiliGBR10.060.158
38Derrick AtkinsBAH10.080.164
49Justyn WarnerCAN10.090.135
55Ryota YamagataJPN10.100.158
63Rondel SorrilloTTO10.310.140
DQ4Tyson GayUSA[9.90][0.151]6
DNS2Kemar HymanCAY7

Final (5 August 2012 — 21:50)

Wind1.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Usain BoltJAM9.630.165
25Yohan BlakeJAM9.750.179
36Justin GatlinUSA9.790.178
48Ryan BaileyUSA9.880.176
59Churandy MartinaNED9.940.139
62Richard ThompsonTTO9.980.160
73Asafa PowellJAM11.990.155
DQ4Tyson GayUSA[9.80][0.145]8