The 25-year-old world record holder turned on the after-burners at 60m to clock an Olympic record of 9.63sec, the second fastest time in history.
Jamaican compatriot and training partner Yohan Blake, long tipped as Bolt’s successor as the fastest man in the world, claimed silver after equalling his personal best of 9.75sec.
American 2004 Olympic gold medallist Justin Gatlin completed his remarkable comeback from a four-year doping ban by taking the bronze medal in a personal best of 9.79sec.
Americans Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey were fourth and fifth respectively with timings of 9.80 & 9.88 seconds while Asafa Powell was out of reckoning midway into the race as he finished last.
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