Bolt disqualified in World Championships 100m

29th Aug 2011

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.

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