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.
Thanks to all my real fans and people who believe in me. I am now a living legend that's for sure.
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) August 10, 2012
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.
It's not right how fast Usain Bolt is. He runs faster than I can think.
— Justin Timberlake(@jtimberlake) August 9, 2012
Bolt, who has flirted with playing for Manchester United, got some high praise from a pair of soccer heavyweights:
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) August 9, 2012
@usainbolt well done. Incredible race. Jamaica must be proud. Top 3
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) August 9, 2012
His victory sprinted across Twitter at blinding speed.
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) August 9, 2012
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:
— Andre Iguodala (@mindofAI9) August 9, 2012
By the way, Team USA beat Japan 2-1:
— Kelley O'Hara (@kohara19) August 9, 2012
And unlike "The Hunger Games," the losers actually got to walk off the field:
Yeah US Women's Soccer! So proud.Great match. Congrats to Japan ladies too for playing so hard.
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) August 9, 2012
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:
Walking around London and ran up on him instagr.am/p/OIWBR9CTOU/
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 10, 2012
Back to the Howard trade, the going rate for a pair of courtside seats at Staples Center might just be one silver medal:
— Carmelita Jeter (@CarmelitaJeter) August 10, 2012
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:
I'd like to congratulate Flint native Claressa Shields for her gold medal accomplishment in boxing at the London Olympics.
— Barry Sanders (@BarrySanders) August 10, 2012
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:
Just riding the bus with 30 gold medalists.The bus rides in NYC just won't compare after this! twitter.com/TimMorehouse/s…
— TimMorehouse (@TimMorehouse) August 10, 2012
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:
— University of Oregon (@Univ_Of_Oregon) August 9, 2012