(Watch 100-meter world record-holder Usain Bolt’s false start here.)
Instead, he was the first, leaving a split-second before the gun which resulted in an immediate disqualification for the world record holder.
It didn’t take a video replay to reveal that Bolt was a little too jumpy at the start. Immediately after the second gun went off signaling a false start, a devastated Bolt ripped his shirt off and looked to the sky above.
Johan Blake, a 21-year-old, picked up the Jamaican torch from Bolt, winning in a time of 9.92 seconds, 0.16 ahead of American Walter Dix.
Last year the IAAF altered its false start rules to eliminate the first warning given to a initial false start offender. Now it’s one strike and you’re out — a rule that was enacted with significant debate.
Bolt will now turn his attention to the 200 meters and 4x100-meter relay. He re-set his own world record in the 200 in August 2009 with a blistering time of 19.19 seconds.
“I have to move on now as there is no point to dwell on the past. I have a few days to refocus and get ready for the 200 meters on Friday. After this I have the 4x100-mete and a few other races before the end of the season.”
“I know that I am now in good shape and will focus on running well in 200 meters.
Before the competition, Pistorius said, “If I make it to the quarterfinal or the semifinal, I will be over the moon.”
Nicknamed “Blade Runner” for the carbon-fiber blades on which he runs, Pistorius’ determination and success have been an inspiration for amputees worldwide. The 24-year-old will likely run the opening leg of South Africa’s 4x400 relay this weekend.
Sunday also marked an outstanding 1-2 performance in the decathlon from a pair of American men. Trey Hardee won his second straight world championship and Ashton Eaton finished second, 102 points behind. The pair are the first teammates to finish 1-2 at the worlds.