Usain Bolt was beaten in the first race of the 2013 season, coming in third place in the 400-meter event at the Camperdown Classic in his hometown of Kingston, Jamaica.
After winning gold medals at both the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics, this time Usain Bolt was beaten by two people he knows pretty well — training partners Warren Weir and Yohan Blake.
Bolt said he didn’t care about the outcome as how he felt competing.
“I’m happy, I’ve never been so nervous running a 400m but overall I’m happy. Physically I felt good, not as good as I normally would, but overall I feel good,” Bolt told Reuters. “I didn’t matter about the time, I just wanted to complete this race, I know I may have one more for the season, maybe two depending on what the coach wants.”
Bolt added that his main goal this year is to win the world championships in Moscow, but he’s been dipping his toes in some other athletic ventures as well. After his blistering performances in London last summer, Bolt earned a tryout from Manchester United.
And just a few days ago he was named as one of the competitors in the Spring Celebrity All-Star Game at NBA All-Star Weekend, though some shootaround footage uncovered by The Basketball Jones‘ Trey Kerby shows that Bolt should stick to the sprints.
Usain Bolt was beaten in an event that is outside of his normal competing range. Bolt is the world record holder and Olympic champion for both the 100- and 200-meter races, but will compete in the 400-meter races at the beginning of each season as he builds fitness.