Usain Bolt is “the fastest man in the world” but he’s not the fastest man in Jamaica. The famous sprinter lost in the 100 meter sprint last night to fellow countrymen Yohan Blake.
Blake is currently the world champion in the 100 meters but sprinting fans have put an asterisk next to his title since Usain Bolt didn’t race that night in South Korea. But it’s hard to argue against Blake, AKA The Beast, now that he finished .11 seconds ahead of Bolt during the Jamaican Olympic Trials.
Blake finished the 100 meters in a career best 9.75 seconds on Friday night.
“Nine-point-seven-five, it’s awesome. I won the world championship, so I’ve got that. Now, I’m the national champion for Jamaica, so I’ve got that. And now, I go into the Olympics like this.”
Usain Bolt still holds the world record (9.58 seconds) but was well of that pace on Friday night.
Bolt told ESPN that something at the starting line was distracting him at the beginning of the race. Bolt said:
“I had to ignore it. I had trouble getting out, but I kept feeling like I could not give up.”
Bolt finished the race in second, .002 seconds ahead of Asafa Powell and .06 seconds faster than Michael Frater.
Bolt and Blake will go head-to-head once again on Sunday during Sunday’s 200 meter trial. The Washington Post reports that Blake and Bolt both advance to the final round this morning. Bolt finished with 21.21 seconds. Blake won his heat in 21.54 seconds.
Do you think Usain Bolt will be able to beat Yohan Blake at the Olympics?