Usain Bolt blames 100 meter loss on starting blocks

Justin Gatlin stuns Usain Bolt to win 100m world title

Bolt's speed and charisma made him a household name. The way he does his lap of honour at the end of each race is simply exhilarating. He completed 100 meters in a mind bogging 8.70 seconds.

Like every good story, there is always a beginning.

A distraught Bolt was consoled on the ground by his sprint team-mates and he limped out of the stadium, not the way he probably envisaged his send-off going. The technically superb performance by 23-year-old Olympic champion Mr Omar McLeod in winning the 110m hurdles brought smiles. Thus, much was not really expected from him. While other cocky athletes such as Muhammad Ali, Terrell Owens, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Deion Sanders caused a legion of sports fans to hate them for their antics, Bolt somehow managed to playfully charm his way into almost universal love and support.

All the action on Saturday will be at the Olympic Stadium in London. But Bolt's phenomenon isn't limited by mere numbers and the colour of the metal. That New York City race is also where Bolt set a new world record, his first, and the race was preceded by a lightning storm.

“I was not surprised because athletics as a sport is not Hollywood movie. That is when Bolt burst onto the scene. The coach kept his promise to enter Bolt into the 100m.

Usain Bolt blamed a sluggish start caused by problems with the starting blocks for his shocking 100-meter defeat to Justin Gatlin at the IAAF World Championships of Track and Field in London, England.

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Gatlin has served two suspensions for doping offences. Only four other sprinters in history have managed to breach the 9.78 second-threshold: Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell, Justin Gatlin, and Tyson Gay.

If you read about Bolt's rise to prominence from his early days playing in the streets and primary school playground in Sherwood Content, you would learn that he has always stood out among his peers as physically superior. He showed the world that an athlete does not need to cut corners before becoming a global prodigy. His signature "lightning Bolt" pose became iconic.

Defending women's 4x400m champions, Jamaica, boasts three finalists in the 400m and will line up in heat two 11:32 a.m. (5:32 a.m.) as the favourites, while the male 4x400m team, which won silver at last year's Olympics, enter heat one at 11:50 a.m. (5:50 a.m.). This is aside from hundreds of millions others that were glued to the television just to catch a glimpse of a 10-second event.

Bolt's athleticism was way ahead of its time. His exit will leave a hole in the sport that will be hard to fill.

But I maintain that the only difference between Bolt and Gatlin in this respect is that Bolt was smarter, luckier, or better protected. In a blemished period, Bolt has been unblemished.

The Brit, on several occasions, has described Bolt as the greatest sprinter of all time, comparing the towering Jamaican to boxing legend Muhammad Ali for the impact he had beyond the sport. Mills made a deal with Bolt. Athletics now has only one golden boy. If that doesn't surprise you, consider this, Bolt's fastest speed in a race is 27.79 miles per hour. The relay will be very competitive.”.

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"No regrets", Bolt insisted, long after a result that stunned a pumped-up crowd into near silence.

Meanwhile, everyone is looking for the next Usain Bolt.

Both Bolt and Gatlin were gracious at the end of the race.

The 26-year-old from Sand Hill, Miss., the silver medal victor in the 100 at the Rio Olympics last August, coming in second to Thompson, ended an impressive stretch for the 25-year-old from Manchester, Jamaica. This is why she is one of the all-time greats at her sprinting discipline; the sheer concentration was clearly evident on her calm face.

The eight-time Olympic gold medalist finished third in a photo finish to runner-up Christian Coleman, and Gatlin on August 5 at London Stadium, site of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Growing up in Sherwood Content, Trelawny, Jamaica - a village in the rugged and remote interior of the Caribbean island - he spent his time playing soccer and cricket until his first coach, Pablo McNeil, saw his talent and started coaching him in running.

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