Entertainer Usain Bolt made sure the crowd went home happy as he won the 200m – but could have smashed his record if he hadn’t posed for the cameras.
The fastest man in the world seemed to be more concerned with celebrating and silencing his critics as he slowed up ahead of the finishing line.
He raised his fingers to his lips in a gesture to those who had doubted him before he became the first man to successfully defend both 100m and 200m titles.
The 80,000-strong crowd chanted ‘Easy, easy, easy’ as Bolt wrapped himself in a Jamaican flag and struck his famous ‘Lightning bolt’ pose.
Proving he had plenty of energy left in the tank, the 25-year-old then performed press-ups on the track and kissed the ground – to the delight of his cheering fans.
Celebrating another gold medal with a time of 19.32secs – shy of his world record of 19.19secs and Olympic record of 19.30secs – he said: ‘This is what I wanted and I got it. I’m very proud of myself.
‘After a rough season I came out here and did it. I thought the world record was possible. I guess I was fast but not fit enough.
‘I could feel my back strain a little bit, so all I did was to keep my form. I’m very dedicated to my work and London meant so much to me.’
He also paid tribute to the city hosting the Jamaican team in the build up to the Games.
‘Birmingham has been great to us, they’ve shown us a lot of love.’
Before the race in London, Bolt said he was hopeful of coming in under 19secs.
It was a night to remember for Jamaica as the country completed a 1-2-3 in the race, with Bolt’s countrymen Yohan Blake in second and Warren Weir claiming bronze.