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Bolt Out Of 100 Meter Final At Worlds

Usain Bolt was disqualified in the 100 Meters World Athletic Championship finals in Korea on Sunday.

Usain Bolt was disqualified in the 100 Meters World Athletic Championship finals in Korea on Sunday - image shows Bolt during happier times!

It was a shock to all, and left the fans gasping at the World Athletic Championships in Daegu, South Korea, as the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt was disqualified for a false start. With technology able to tell when an athlete jumps the starter’s gun by the merest fraction of a second, the present false start regulation makes no allowances for mistakes. You make a false start and you are disqualified.

In 2003 the rules allowing each runner to have one false start were changed, to try to reduce the number of times the racers were having to be restarted. This played havoc for television stations filming events, and caused some athletes great stress, and so a change was implemented.

Then in January 2010, the International Association of Athletics Federations, the IAAF, went even further, and adopted a zero-tolerance for false starts, and on Sunday in Korea, this took the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt out of the 100 metres final for the World Championships. This is a man who pulls in the crowds for all his events, who is a showman that the crowds love, but a man who started Sunday’s race just a fraction of a second early, and so was disqualified.

This allowed Yohan Blake to win in a time of 9.92 seconds, which is not close to Bolt’s 9.58 world record, and although a good win for him, the controversy about the disqualification of Bolt is likely to be revisited many times in the future. Bolt had won the preliminary rounds easily without even trying too hard, it seemed, and with Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell both out with injuries, the title was his for the taking.

With that disqualification and race over, Bolt now has to refocus his attention on his next race, which is the 200 metres.

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Keith is a multi-sport skills and fitness coach with more than 30 years sports and coaching experience; with a holistic view of health, he has also been a leader in applying plyometrics to youth teams.

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