Bolt from blue

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

BEIJING - The National Stadium erupted into cheers after Usain Bolt reconfirmed himself as the fastest man alive on Saturday night.

This after the Jamaican comfortably won the 100m event in a world record time of 9,69sec.

The time could have been more impressive had Bolt decided not to relax towards the finish line.

He took a glance at the chasing pair of Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago and Walter Dix of the United States and after realising that they could not catch up with his pace Bolt started to slow down.

He spread his arms and beat his chest as if to say, "I'm the world's best."

He raced to the crowd where he hugged his compatriots and supporters, who were clearly in seventh heaven after their idol's virtuoso performance.

Bolt managed to lower the world record to 9,72 in June.

"He is the best and the only person who can beat him in this event is Usain Bolt himself," screamed one his fans after the race.

Many athletics fans were heard talking about the Jamaican display long after the race on Saturday.

His name was also mentioned by a horde of journalists at the Main Press Centre.

Bolt's compatriot, Asafa Powell, who was also tipped to win the race ostensibly by people who are not aware of Bolt's exploits and prowess on the tracks, was nowhere near the champion. He finished fifth in 9,95.

Earlier in the night, Bolt's rival American Tyson Gay disappointed in the semifinals as he finished fifth in a time of 10,05.

An injury could have contributed to Gay's performance on Saturday.

The event on Saturday was his first since the 26-year-old injured his hamstring at the US Olympic trials in July.

Thompson clocked 9,89 to claim the second sport, while Dix registered 9,91 to finish third.

Bolt's display will be cherished by many athletics fans who were at the stadium and by those who watched the proceedings on television.

Commenting on his record feat, Bolt, said afterwards: "I'm not worried about world records. I've got plenty of time for world records in the future.

"I'm focusing on the 200."