Usain Bolt, the fastest man on the planet, has been disqualified for a false start in the 100m final at the World Championships.
In previous years a false start would have resulted in a warning, but the IAAF changed the rule in 2010. This is the first year the rule has been enforced.
Bolt’s training partner, fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake picked up the gold medal in the 100m when he finished at 9.93 seconds.
Blake commented: “I feel like I want to cry. I’ve been praying for this moment. It feels like a dream.”
Bolt said in a statement that he was disappointed, but was keen not to dwell.
He explains: “I worked very hard to get ready for this championships and things were looking good.” But he added: “I have to move on now as there is no point in dwelling on the past.
Bolt shattered his own world records in Berlin in 2009 - where he gained the reputation as a sprint king and became a superstar attraction - when he ran 9.58 in the 100 and 19.19 in the 200.
Bolt will have another chance to break his record for the 200 meters during the heats on Friday, ahead of Saturday’s final.
The 13th World Championships Athletics being held in Daegu, South Korea. Daegu previously hosted the 2003 Summer Universiade and three matches of the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
This is the first time the IAAF World Championships in Athletics has been staged in mainland Asia, although it has taken place twice in Japan.
World Tourism Sport Congress
For the first time this year, alongside the climax of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the World Sport Tourism Congress will take place on the luxury cruise ship – the P&O Pacific Dawn – and will comprise of four days of inspirational panel debates, leading-edge presentations and priceless networking opportunities, all conducted whilst cruising in style around New Zealand’s beautiful Bay of Islands.
The fully-inclusive cruise package departs from Queen’s Wharf, Auckland on October 10th, returning on October 14th in time for the Rugby World Cup Semi Finals.
Themed “Sharing the Sport and Tourism Boom”, WSTC presents an opportunity for network and engage with industry’s elite, gain invaluable insights from the world’s leading experts and meet face-to-face with the key Sport Tourism buyers as deals are brokered for future sporting events.
WTSC speakers - clockwise from top left, Professor Geoffrey Lipman, Darren Mee, Paul Vaughan, Dawid de Villiers, Jeanine Pires
Confirmed speakers include: Jeanine Pires (Minster Special Advisor, Rio 2016 Olympics & former President, Embratur), Geoffrey Lipman (Advisor to Secretary General UNWTO), Campbell Jamieson (Commercial Director, International Cricket Council) and Darren Mee (COO, TUI Travel PLC, Specialist & Activity Sector).
The delegate rate of £950 will include access to all sessions on the WSTC programme, four nights accommodation on board the P&O Pacific Dawn, as well as exclusive VIP receptions and gala dinners, as the ship cruises around New Zealand’s North Island.