Yohan Blake Wins 100m Gold as Usain Bolt DQ'd in Daegu
Packed stadium watches sport's biggest star walk off the track shirtless after false start
August 28, 2011
Daegu, South Korea
With a packed stadium anticipating the premier event of the championships, normally relaxed Usain Bolt perhaps anticipated the starting gun too eagerly. The sport's only true international megastar burst out of his blocks in the final event of a stirring evening, but moments later was ripping off his singlet and running backwards off the track as the meet referee showed him a red disqualification card. Without even crossing the finish line, Usain Bolt was still the talk of the town.
As everyone reeled from Bolt's dismissal, his 21-year-old training partner Yohan Blake took advantage, winning his first individual WC gold in an impressive 9.92 (considering a significant -1.4 headwind). American Walter Dix returned to the international podium despite a sloppy start, and he was joined by 2003 world 100m champion Kim Collins, who has recently reinvigorated his career thanks to a coaching clinic and his wife's early morning training session (she's coaching him). Frenchman Christopher Lemaitre couldn't quite make the medal stand, finishing 4th.
Athletes React To Bolt's DQ
Reactions varied among Bolt's 100m competitors following the event. When asked if he re-assessed his metal chances after watching Bolt walk off the track, multi-time world medallist Kim Collins candidly responded, "Hell yeah I did!" Others, like Dix and Blake were inwardly surprised that the IAAF didn't somehow keep Bolt eligible. While Dix was quick to publicly announce his disapproval of the "one strike and you're out" false start rule, Lemaitre defended the rule. Track insiders were caught up in the Bolt Buzz as they debated the rule, how Bolt's DQ would affect the sport, and even some conspiracy theories. One thing is for sure, all eyes will be on Bolt when he runs the 200m rounds starting Friday.
The IAAF released a statement defending their decision following the big DQ, and offered this brief statement from Bolt:
“I have nothing to say right now. I need some time.”
About the defence of his 200m title which begins on Friday (2 Sep).
“How will it go? It’s on Friday right? Then we’ll have to see on Friday”
Following that brief statement Bolt left for the Athletes’ Village by car. (IAAF)
LRC's armchair correspondent Rojo gives his take on Bolt's dq and other Day 2 happeneings at this link.
|Kim Collins talks after winning Bronze||Yohan Blake takes advantage, becomes 21-year-old world 100m champion||Christopher Lemaitre says it was difficult to remain focused after Bolt's DQ|
Men's 100m Final Results
|LRC Recommended Interview: Ashton Eaton relieved to have "really frustrating" decathlon over.|
LRC Quick Takes From a Busy Day 2: Ashton Eaton closes decathlon 1500 in 60.5 to move up from bronze to silver by tenths of a second
QT1: US becomes first country with 1-2 decathlon finish as Trey Hardee repeats as world decathlon champion, with newcomer Ashton Eaton earning silver.
QT2: Eaton shows his emotional inexperience in decathlon, but rallies heroically with a PB in the 1500 (closing in 60) to edge Cuba's Leonel Suarez for silver.
QT3: Because of scheduling fiasco, the decathletes only managed a few hours of sleep between days. When asked what he's going to do to celebrate his medal, Eaton said, "Sleep!"
QT4: American Francena McCorory almost knocked Sanya Ross-Richards out of the 400m final (Sanya eventually got a time spot), winning her heat emphatically and setting up an interesting Day 3 400m final that will include Allyson Felix (attempting a 200-400 double) and co-favorite Amantle Montsho.
Women's 400 Final Qualifiers:
QT5: Oscar Pistorius draws huge media attention, LaShawn Merritt runs world lead... all in the 1st ROUND of the 3-round men's 400. "Blade Runner" made the next round and will try to qualify for the final on Day 3. As Pistorius entered the blocks, he was surrounded by 22 cameras. It took him well over an hour to negotiate the media circus assembled to meet him after his event. Pistorius speaks very well, but we still think he should not be competing at this event.
|New world leader LaShawn Merritt chats with media, says he welcomes blood testing.|
QT6: Dwain Chambers (men's 100m semis) joined Christine Ohuruogu as big-name British DQ's.
QT7: Former world champ and now former drug-suspended Justin Gatlin bowed out of the men's 100m competition in the semi-final round.
|Dwain Chambers talks about getting DQ'd for the first time ever for a false start.||Justin Gatlin talks about this year and next, saying "I envision beating everybody".|
QT8: Brittney Reese won a gold in the long jump, defending her 2009 world outdoor title. She also won the 2010 indoor long jump title.
|4||152||Nastassia Mironchyk - Ivanova||BLR||6.74||(0.2)|
|8||862||Karin Mey Melis||TUR||6.44||(0.4)|
|11||174||Maurren Higa Maggi||BRA||6.17||(0.6)|
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