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Britain celebrates Olympic glory as Usain Bolt and Andy Murray blitzes to gold

Written on:August 6, 2023
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Britain's golden men: Usain Bolt and Andy Murray bring gold to the country

Brits erupted with joy on Sunday, as Jamaican Usain Bolt defended his title as the world’s fastest man in the 100m final and Andy Murray destroyed Roger Federer to win the Olympic tennis final.

The 25-year-old Jamaican bet his own Olympic record of 9.63 seconds as he took gold and is already thinking about his next target at London 2012 - the 200m.

Bolt’s time of 9.63 seconds was the second fastest time in history and set an Olympic record. Usain had already won gold in Beijing in 2008 with a record time of 9.69 seconds. Later that year, Bolt bettered at the World Championships with a new world record of 9.58 seconds.

“This gold means I am one step closer to being a legend so I’m working toward that,” he said. “That’s just one step. I have the 200m to go, so I’m looking forward to that.”

Meanwhile, Andy Murray gained revenge for his defeat by Roger Federer at Wimbledon four weeks ago by storming to the Olympic title with a stunning 6-2 6-1 6-4 victory over the world number one on Centre Court.

“I think it will help with the way I go into matches. (Coach) Ivan (Lendl) told me after the Wimbledon final that he was really happy with the way I played the whole tournament,” said Andy.

Although Murray missed out on a second gold in the doubles when he returned to Centre Court later in the day alongside Laura Robson. The duo won the first set 6-2 against Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi of Belarus but lost the second 6-3 then crashed 10-8 in a champions’ tiebreak.

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2 Comments add one

  1. benreads says:

    This guy, what a sprinter. It’s such a privelidge to watch athletes perform at their best, so proud to be part of this Olympics. Well done Boris.

  2. jo says:

    what a fantastic event so far, never thought we would end up third in the medal table! it’s truly amazing.

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