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AUGUST 5, 2012 — Jamaica’s Usain Bolt claimed consecutive gold medals in the marquee track and field event at the Summer Games in London. Only about fifth-fastest of the eight runners to the halfway mark, Bolt erased that deficit and overtook a star-studded field to win the 100-meter final in 9.63 seconds, an Olympic record that allowed him join Carl Lewis as the only men to win the event twice.

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