Defending champion Usain Bolt was disqualified for a false start in the 100-meter final at the world athletics championships today. His Jamaican compatriot Yohan Blake won the race.
Bolt pulled his running jersey off and held his head as he realized he had gone before the starting gun in Daegu, South Korea. No second chances are allowed for the offense.
Blake won in 9.92 seconds ahead of America’s Walter Dix in 10.08. Ex-world champion Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis was 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, this is all like a dream for me now,” Blake told Channel 4 television.
Bolt is also the world record-holder and Olympic 100-meter champion. He won gold medals in the 200 meters at the 2008 Olympics and the 2009 world championships.
“I thought the champion is out, you’ve got to take advantage of that,” Collins, 35, who has competed at every world championships since 1997, said. “I’m on the podium and I’m happy.”