Usain Bolt blames 100 meter loss on starting blocks

Doug Mendoza
August 13, 2017

Running in his penultimate race of his illustrious career, Bolt eased past the finishing line as he helped the defending champions Jamaica win the second heat in 37.95 seconds, their season's best, to enter the final round with third best time.

Lightning will strike for one final time this Saturday at the London's Olympic Stadium.

This time, the afterburners kicked in but not hard enough.

Bolt, who finished third in the individual 100m behind victor Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman, said: "I enjoy relays more than anything".

THIS WEEKEND, Sir Mo Farah and Usain Bolt, two of the greatest track and field athletes of all time are set to hang-up their spikes. Bolt also has won 11 world championships. "It doesn't change anything in my career".

Never mind the sight of Justin Gatlin and Ramil Guliyev winning Bolt's events and creating a feeling of queasiness to match the worst symptoms of the London 2017 norovirus. Later, he bowed down to the man he finally defeated. I think we have introduced him as a villain. I can't think, other than Muhammad Ali, of anybody that has so had an impact inside or beyond their sport.

"I just hit it and as fast as I could for 20m".

The world of athletics would have wanted another passing of the baton at a time when its biggest star, the CV clean and without the slightest suspicion, has chose to hang up the spikes. Say, for instance, when you're growing up, you're walking down the street, you've got to tell everybody good morning.

Usain Bolt, who is from Jamaica, is unarguably the world's fasted human. On Saturday, it felt surreal to anyone who's been at one of these Bolt victories before.

Prior to the Bolt era, Gatlin was considered the fastest man in the world during the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics and won a gold medal in the 100m dash.

Growing a goatee may give him a touch of maturity while he would still give the big innocent grin at the cameras on the starting line, joke with Hero the Hedgehog and flash thumbs-up sign to the crowd and make his trademark pose of shooting off invisible arrows despite the third place finish. It is still unclear whether or not he will be able to compete in the 400m final - but we really hope that he can. But where in the past the stadium would have still been brimming, this time, it was about one-eighth full and emptying quickly. Asafa Powell, once a world 100 metres record holder, was banned for 18 months in 2014.

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He would take both golds in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics as well, along with a raft of World Championship medals and broken records. This is aside from hundreds of millions others that were glued to the television just to catch a glimpse of a 10-second event .

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Nehemiah, who missed out on his chance of an Olympics due to the USA boycott of the 1980 Games in Moscow over the invasion of Afghanistan, said if Bolt could accept graciously that Gatlin was justified in being there, then it should be good enough for anybody. "I'm not in shape to run 200 meters right now". What has happened to the finest female middle-distance runner the world has ever seen?

The British women's four recorded a season's best time of 41.93 behind US who ran 41.84.

His first heat, on Friday night, was ugly.

The long-limbed, 6-foot-5 Bolt got off to a typically slow start bursting out of the blocks.

On the last day of his global career, fans jostled for space to have a glimpse of Bolt at the warm-up arena, adjacent to the stadium and television cameras were fixed at him to have a shot of the towering Jamaican.

While that chase was unfolding, Gatlin, out in Lane 8, was coming from behind.

It was the first time Bolt had been beaten at a major championship since the 4x100m relay at the 2007 worlds in Osaka. "That was stupid", he said, and straight away I could see Mick's point. "I'll call it lessons, lessons, lessons".

"I know you have to have the black hat and the white hat, but guys, c'mon", he said.

There was a build up before Gatlin and Bolt had a showdown at the Championship. He called the evening and the crowd "beautiful" - even if that medal he earned might not seem as pretty as the rest. Can the same be said of Bolt? "He [Gatlin] is a great competitor".

"Between the bikes, loud, horrid music, parties and screams, I honestly wish he would go back to where he came from", his neighbor-model Jodi Stewart-Henriques wrote on Facebook in 2015.

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