Yohan Blake beats Usain Bolt in 200 meter sprint at Jamaican Olympics trials
Blake pulled off a stunning 200 meters victory at the trials in Kingston late Sunday, beating Bolt — a triple Olympic gold medalist — by 0.03 of a second, according to the Associated Press.
Blake clocked 19.80 seconds before what Reuters described as a frenzied crowd at Jamaica’s National Stadium.
Bolt — the 100 meter and 200 meter Olympic champion and world record holder — lay down on his back grimacing in pain at the end of the race, with a cramp in the right thigh, Reuters wrote.
According to the AP, Bolt was grimacing as the two approached the finish line.
However, upon regaining his feet he reportedly grinning and hugged his Blake, training partner, in the finish area.
Bolt, who finished second in a time of 19.83 seconds, will still compete at the Olympics, along with third place getter Warren Weir, who ran 20.03.
According to Agence France-Presse quoted Blake as saying: “I have been working hard and am seeing it paying off now.
“I was not surprised by the big win. I know what Bolt has to offer and I know he was not at 100 percent. I just tried to keep my form.”
Neither runner had committed to competing in both sprints in London, Reuters wrote, with both saying they would leave the decision up to their Jamaican coach Glen Mills.
However, Reuters cited Bolt as saying:
“Definitely [I have something to prove],” he said. “I’m the Olympic champion so I have to show the world I am still the best.
“It’s not like I was blown away, I know what I need to do to get it right. I just have to get my stuff together.
“It’s all about putting in the work. I need to figure out what I did wrong and just work on that.”
And the AP cited Mills as saying: “Usain, he has the experience, the ability, he has been there already. He might be a little off at the moment, but I’m sure when the time of delivery comes around, he’ll be on top of his game.”