THERE WAS DRAMA in Daegu this afternoon as Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world, proved to be a little too fast for his own good.
The Jamaican superstar, who ran a world record time of 9.58 seconds to win the 100m World Championship final in Berlin in 2009, was sensationally disqualified from this year’s renewal after a false start.
Bolt leapt out of the blocks one-tenth of a second before the gun and knew his fate immediately, taking off his vest and heading straight for the tunnel.
Under the rules introduced by the IAAF in 2010, a single false start now results in automatic disqualification, whereas previously athletes had been allowed one chance.
Bolt’s absence opened the door for compatriot and training mate Yohan Blake who pulled away to win in a season’s best time of 9.92 seconds.
American Walter Dix took silver in 10.08 seconds, pipping Kim Collins on the line.
The St Kitts and Nevis sprinter was given an official time of 10.09, one one-hundredth of a second slower.