American sprint legend Maurice Greene said young Jamaican Yohan Blake was the one to beat Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man on the planet, at the World Championships in Daegu. And he was right — but the American probably wouldn’t have expected this: The Lightning Bolt was disqualified from the worlds after making false start.
Bolt threw his shirt onto the track in anger, and put his hands on his head after the judge stopped the race. The 21-year-old Blake won his first world title by clocking his season best record of 9.92 seconds in men’s 100m final on Sunday night. American Walter Dix finished second in 10.08, and Kim Collins of Saint Kitts and Nevis came third in 10.09.
“I can’t find words to explain it. Usain Bolt has been there for me. I feel like I want to cry,” said Blake after winning the race.
He added: “I’ve been trained by one of the best coaches but I stayed cool and caught him (Collins). I felt I would win the race for Bolt.”
The rather disappointing time in 100m final was partly due to the absence of Bolt, and also Jamaican compatriot Asafa Powell and American sprinter Tyson Gay, the 2007 world champion and current world No. 2, who both withdrew from the championships due to injury.