100 meter world record holder Usain Bolt was disqualified from the world championships this weekend when he broke out of the starting block early.
In 2010 a new rule was added to track and field which provides a “one and out” disqualification for false starts, prior to that rule runners were given two chances to break off the block.
Usain had went undefeated since the Beijing Olympics three years ago and this recent showing in South Korea has once again brought the one and out rule into question. Officials believe the one and out violation policy is what television viewers want since it means less time resetting races.
After the race Bolt refused to answer questions instead stating:
“Looking for tears?” while adding, “Not going to happen.”
Apparently not all runners were aware of the rule, America runner Walter Dix who finished with the silver medal said of the rules process:
“I didn’t really think they were going to kick him out,” while adding, “How can you kick Usain out of the race?”
I’ve heard some stupid sporting rules in my life, but the fact that competitors are mad that their main competition was throw out of a race should have officials questioning the one and done violation policy.