Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Former world youth medallists, Odail Todd and Shericka Jackson, say Usain Bolt, in winning the men's Olympic 100m at the London 2012 Games yesterday, demonstrates that he is a true champion.
"It was unbelievable. He came from nowhere to win and what it shows is that he is a true champion," said Todd, who won gold in the 100m at last year's World Youth Championships.
"I am very disappointed though that Asafa Powell got hurt as it could have been a one-two-three for Jamaica," added the Green Island High student.
Bolt, who was defending his title won in Beijing, China four years ago, did not get an ideal start, but after catching the field near 50 metres he powered away to the line to win in an Olympic record 9.63 seconds, with compatriot Yohan Blake finishing second in a personal-best 9.75.
American Justin Gatlin was third in a personal best 9.79.
Always be a champion
"I learnt from this race that once a champion you will always be a champion," said Jackson, who claimed bronze in the 200m at the World Youth Championships last year.
"He did not get the start as I had expected, but after coming out of the drive phase he executed to the line.
"I never doubted him, despite his performances at the Jamaica trials as I knew he would have done it. It was just amazing, and stunning," said Jackson.
Todd, who along with reigning World Youth champion, Odean Skeen, are considered as future Olympic 100m prospects, said Bolt's run was a motivational boost.
"It's really a boost for me to know that I am a part of the next generation of sprinters who are next in line," he said.
"I learnt that technically you don't have to get a start to win gold. But it is also Bolt, and they also say Bolt is not human," he added with a chuckle.
Jackson, in the meantime, also saw Bolt and Blake's efforts and is spurred to do greater things.
"I was thinking after the race that that should have been me," she joked. "But as time goes by and I improve you never know."
Bolt, who joined Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as repeat 100m champions at the Games, will next turn his attention to the 200m where he is also the defending champion and world record holder.