Olympics Trending: Bolt's hometown reacts

August, 10, 2012
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An Olympic-sized outburst took place 4,680 miles away from London in the Half Way Tree section of Kingston, Jamaica, as thousands turned out to watch that nation's 1-2-3 finish in the 200-meter gold-medal race. Usain Bolt won gold in 19.32 seconds, with Yohan Blake second and Warren Weir running third.



Bolt pulled double duty after winning the 200 by borrowing the camera of a photographer for the Swedish publication Sportbladets and snapping some images with his golden eye.



Even the stars were starstruck.



Bolt, who has flirted with playing for Manchester United, got some high praise from a pair of soccer heavyweights:



His victory sprinted across Twitter at blinding speed.



Soccer probably wasn't the most important thing on Andre Iguodala's mind later Thursday (or early Friday in London), as news broke that the soon-to-be Denver Nugget was part of a four-team trade that will send Dwight Howard to the Lakers and Andrew Bynum to the Sixers:

From mindofai9 via Instagram


By the way, Team USA beat Japan 2-1:



And unlike "The Hunger Games," the losers actually got to walk off the field:



Perhaps some of that gold will rub off on the basketball court. Team USA plays Argentina in the semifinals Friday and plans to open with a pair of kings:

From kingjames via Instagram


Back to the Howard trade, the going rate for a pair of courtside seats at Staples Center might just be one silver medal:



The U.S. boxing team won just one medal in London. It went to a 17-year-old middleweight from Michigan, who won the first women’s Olympic gold in her weight class:



Among the other gold medalists for Team USA Thursday were the women's water polo team and decathlete Ashton Eaton. Team USA gold medalists packed the bus Friday morning for an appearance on the "Today" show:



We had a successful real-life version of Dan and Dave come true in London, as Eaton and Trey Hardee became the first Americans to finish 1-2 in the decathlon since 1956:




Cheers.

If you see any offbeat and fresh Olympic-related links from your favorite sports site or catchy tweets that might be of interest to others, pass them along to me @billsperos or bsperos1@gmail.com.

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