AP WAS THERE: 2012 London Olympics - Bolt defends 100 gold

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2012, file photo, Jamaica's Usain Bolt crosses the finish line to win gold in the men's 100-meter final in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2012, file photo, Jamaica's Usain Bolt crosses the finish line to win gold in the men's 100-meter final in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of the Summer Games. This story ran Aug. 5, 2012. It was written by Howard Fendrich, who remains a top AP sports writer.

By HOWARD FENDRICH

Associated Press

LONDON — Lining up for the Olympic 100-meter final, Usain Bolt wrapped up his signature prerace preening by lifting a finger to his lips.

Shhhhhhh.

Time to silence the critics.

He might not be better than ever. Clearly, he’s back to being the best.

Pulling away from the pack with every long stride, Bolt surged after his typical lumbering break from the blocks and overwhelmed a star-studded field to win in 9.63 seconds Sunday night, the second-fastest 100 in history and an Olympic record that let him join Carl Lewis as the only men with consecutive gold medals in the Summer Games’ marquee track event.