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Yohan Blake wins world 100m title after Usain Bolt false-started

DAEGU (Sporting Alert) — Usain Bolt false-started from the men’s 100m and failed to defend his title, as Yahon Blake powered his way to victory at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu.

Bolt shockingly jumped the gun – and knew right then that he had made the biggest mistake of his career.

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Blake held his nerve though and went on to recover from a poor start to crown himself world champion with a 9.92 seconds run in a strong headwind.

American Walter Dix finished second in 10.08 and Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis taking the bronze in 10.09.

Bolt was seen as the favourite to take the gold medal following the withdrawal of Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell.

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The Jamaican will now look to the 200m and 4x100m for redemption.

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Gary Smith is one of the leading writers for World-Track.org. He has over 10 years of running experience, as well as eight-years of coaching while covering several events, from the international to college level. Smith, who has covered events for publications such as Caribbean Net News, Cayman Net News, AFP and Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), is also a frequent contributor of SportingAlert.com and TrackAlerts.com.

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Sonny Frahm

    August 28, 2011 at 6:07 am

    It is poetic justice,Bolt false starting and loosing the
    gold in the 100m.
    Michael Johnson: Just give Usain Bolt the gold, no one can stop him —Except himself, that is.

  2. walter fitzpatrick

    August 28, 2011 at 6:27 am

    i told everybody one year ago that yohan blake will be the new star in track and field. i think bolt was a little worried about him but he will be back.

  3. otis

    August 28, 2011 at 6:38 am

    no its just one of those things that happen,i see bolt as the greatest,someone going to hurt themself trying to beat the BOLT

  4. James Parker

    August 28, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Yes , Blake is a threat , but he is no BOLT.
    I am sure Bolt is aware of his mistake and it won’t happen again.

  5. walter fitzpatrick

    August 28, 2011 at 7:19 am

    9.92 into a minus -1.4 headwind that is some seroius speed.this guy is very strong.

  6. mobydoug

    August 28, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Expect Usain to blow away the field in the 200M.

  7. CVIVENNE

    August 28, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I HAVE MIXED FEELINGS. JUST DISAPPOINTED THAT USAIN DID NOT GET TO DEFEND HIS TITLE, BUT I AM ELATED THAT THE GOLD MEDAL STAYS IN THE FAMILY. WAY TO GO YOHAN!!! GOD BLESS YOU. PS. STUPID STUPID RULE.

  8. jib

    August 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Bolt is strong but he thought of intentionally try to false start becoz he fells he cant win d GOLD

  9. gingerlog

    August 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    This STUPID rule needs to be ERODED and ERASED once and for all. This is no way to display an athletes potential.

  10. gingerlog

    August 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    This STUPID rule needs to be ERODED and ERASED once and for all. This is no way to display an athlete’s potential. The only good thing that came of this was that another Jamaican star gets to shine.

  11. James Park Heseltine

    August 31, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Bolt no doubt, asfar as I am concerned is the fastest athlete ever. Perhaps his way of carrying on in front of the cameras, may have just relaxed him a little to much, before the “Big” One.

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