Without a significant tailwind, Usain Bolt, 21, broke the world record for the 100 meter dash in 9.69 seconds Saturday night in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The sprinter from Jamaica is 6′ 5″ tall and towers over most other sprinters. Bolt (shirt number 2163) decelerated, turned his torso to his right, pounded his chest and celebrated before he reached the finish line after looking to his right and realizing he had a secure lead to win the gold medal. Bolt is Jamaica’s first Olympic sprint champion.
How fast is Usain Bolt in miles per hour in the 2008 Summer Olympics?
Average speed is 23.08 miles per hour. Some estimate is peak speed may have reached 30 miles per hour during the world record sprint.
Walter Dix of the United States placed third in 9.91 seconds.