Bolt's victory in the 100 four years ago began a stretch of dominance by Jamaica, an island nation of 3 million people — about 1 percent as many as the U.S. — that now owns seven of the last eight Olympic men's and women's sprinting golds, including relays.
About 1½ hours before Bolt's latest victory, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce stepped to the top of the medal stand in the stadium and received the gold she collected for Jamaica in the women's 100 on Saturday night. Like Bolt, she's a repeat champion.
Bolt gets the distinction as the only man to cross the finish line first in back-to-back dash finals. Lewis' victory in Seoul in 1988, following his first 100 title at Los Angeles in 1984, was awarded only after apparent champion Ben Johnson of Canada was stripped for failing a drug test. Johnson hailed from the same Trelawny parish in Jamaica that is home to Bolt.
They already were set to party in that Caribbean country to mark 50 years since it became independent from Britain.
On Aug. 5, 1962, the Union Jack was lowered for the final time at Kingston's National Stadium. Talk about perfect bookends: On Monday — which is Aug. 6, 2012, the 50th anniversary of the island's independence — the Jamaican flag will be raised in London's Olympic Stadium for Bolt's medal ceremony.
"It's an honor. I said after the trials I wanted to give Jamaica a great birthday present," Bolt said, "and this is a good start."
As these Olympics continue, though, remember this: Bolt specializes in fantastic finishes.
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