August 28, 2011 by staff
Usain Bolt, Usain Bolt won the gun only in the final 100 meters at the World Championships of the IAAF. The defending world and Olympic champion shot out of the blocks on Sunday night and was immediately disqualified, their hopes of repeating as gold medalist triple points.
Perno knew immediately that I had messed up, pulling his shirt over his head to hide his face, and then it tears completely. The crowd let out of Korea a big “awwwww” as Bolt shook his head and left the track, confidence replaced by disbelief. Bolt back in the 200 meters, which begins Friday, and the 4 x 100 meters relay on Saturday with the new world champion teammate Jamaican Yohan Blake.
Blake clocked 9.92 seconds with stiff headwind, far Bolt’s world record of 9.58 seconds. “I really did not figure he had been kicked,” said Walter Dix of the U.S., the silver medal in 10.08 seconds. “I had every poster.”
The international federation of “a false start and you’re out” rule became official on January 1, 2010. It was designed to help broadcasters whose programming is interrupted each time an athlete jumped the gun. The rule in force from 2001-2009 charged for the first false start in the field, and then the next would result in disqualification.
Bronze medalist Kim Collins of Saint Kitts and Nevis, world champion in 2003 and 2005 bronze medalist, said he believes that the rule was better the old way.
“People want to see it, the show must go on,” said Collins, 35, who ran 10.09 in his ninth championship world record. “Come on, a simple mistake and he is out. And fans around the world, not only in Korea are sad. They want to see Usain Bolt win because he has been doing and what they do and want to see him again.”
You’ll have to wait until Friday, when Bolt is the favorite in the 200. “In search of tears?” told a small group of reporters after the race. “It will not happen. I’m fine.”
The last time false Bolt started in a meeting was the semifinals of the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, when athletes still have a second chance.
“The sad thing is she looked so well through the rounds and we are very confident that he would perform very well,” said Bolt’s agent, Ricky Simms.
How can you recover? “Winning the 200 meters and run fast,” said Simms. “What else can you do?”
Blake had the best time in the semifinals of 9.95 seconds, while Bolt won his semifinal in 10.05.
“I’ve been waiting for this moment all my life,” said Blake.
Collins became the oldest man to medal in the 100 meters at the world, a placement that may not have caught if bolt had been in the race.
“That’s what happens, man,” he said. “His bad luck is my fortune.”
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