Playing the Field: Usain Bolt gets beat, makes excuses

This is Usain Bolt's "You're welcome NBC for giving you an awesome Olympic storyline" face.

Usain Bolt might just be human after all. For those of us who watched the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, this is disturbing. I mean, the guy celebrated halfway down the track during a 100m sprint and still toasted the world-class field with ease.

But this weekend Yohan Blake defeated the world’s fastest man, which presumably makes him the world’s second fastest man and that’s really just downright embarrassing. With the right animal chasing me (say a wolf dog hybrid), I’m pretty sure I could be the world’s second fastest man.

The two were competing in the Jamaican Olympic trials in the first meeting since Bolt was disqualified for a false start in last year’s World Championships. Blake won that race, with a big, fat asterisk.

Blake ran a 9.75, while Bolt finished second at 9.86.

Like I said, embarrassing. So Bolt took the loss with great respect toward … Haha. Nevermind. He’s a sprinter. His ego is only outshown by NFL wide receivers. So of course he blamed everyone else. This courtesy of the Jamaican Observer:

Bolt said in the finals he saw Nesta Carter beside him flinch, “I lost
focus and when the gun went I was not focussed,” and in the semi-finals
“the guy next to me moved and it threw me off; I see these guys in my
peripheral vision and it is kinda hard to ignore them so when they move
its gonna throw me off a little bit and I got left and when I get left
it is hard.”

The strange thing is he said he couldn’t chase down Blake or Asafa Powell (who finished third) after a bad start, when anyone will tell you Bolt’s always been a bad starter and his strength is closing strong.

We’ll see both in the Olympics, as the top 3 all qualify for London. In fact, both Blake and Bolt run in the 200m today, which may be Bolt’s better event.

For now, let’s just revel in that epic 2008 Olympic final when he ran a 9.69. (He set a new world record at 9.57 in 2009 when he didn’t showboat.)

By the way, Justin Gatlin, who won the U.S. Olympic trials last week, finished in 9.80 seconds. Gatlin was suspended four years for failing a drug test in 2007 after he won the Gold medal at the 2004 Olympics. It’s remarkable that he’s managed to return to the top of the sport after missing four years.

You’ll also recognize Jeff Demps, the former Florida football player, who was in the race, but didn’t qualify for the Olympics. Give him a few years; he just finished his junior season at Florida.

Oh, and because I’m already in the business of showing sprint videos. Please, enjoy Maurice Greene.

Was this entire post an excuse to show Maurice Greene using the fire extinguisher on his shoes? No. But there’d be absolutely nothing wrong with it if it was.


Follow Metro New York Sports Editor Mark Osborne on Twitter
@MetroNYSports. He could run a sub-10 second 100m no problem. Give or take five seconds.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Girl, 10, dies after being pulled from water…

A 10-year-old girl died after being pulled from the waters off Coney Island Beach in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, police said.

News

NY judge throws out lawsuit by Empire State…

A New York state judge has thrown out a lawsuit in which longtime investors in the Empire State Building claimed they were shortchanged out of hundreds of millions of dollars…

Local

Mysterious white flags appear over Brooklyn Bridge

Two white flags mysteriously appeared over the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday in place of the American flags that are a traditional fixture.

National

Judge sets January start for murder trial of…

By Elizabeth BarberBOSTON (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be tried in January for the murder of semi-professional football player Odin…

Television

'Pretty Little Liars' recap: Season 5, Episode 7,…

Drunk girls and ghost brownies: here’s your weekly ‘Pretty Little Liars’ recap by way of Q&A. Q: do they really not check for feet under…

Arts

Don't miss 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' at the…

Have you been meaning to see "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"? There are only two weeks left to get to the Met and catch this amazing American fashion designer's collection.

Television

Zac Posen talks 'Project Runway' and what it…

We talked to Zac Posen, judge and designer extraordinaire, about the new season of "Project Runway" and what keeps him coming back after three seasons.

Television

'Face Off' contestant David 'DOC' O'Connell sounds off…

David "DOC" O'Connell tells us about getting cast on Season 7 of Syfy's "Face Off," premiering tonight at 9.

NFL

David Tyree hiring has gay rights advocates angry

Former Giants Super Bowl hero David Tyree will re-join the franchise as its new director of player development.

NFL

Ben McAdoo's new offense has Giants excited to…

Even Tom Coughlin feels he has a lot to learn about offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s new offense, which makes the veteran coach very excited.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead…

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead pack

NFL

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will…

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will win Super Bowl?

Tech

Learn Braille with these gloves

U.S. scientists have designed high-tech gloves to help users understand Braille in a matter of minutes.

Home

5 New Ikea products that will change your…

We round-up the latest must-have products.

Food

Recipe: Wolfgang Puck's Buttermilk French Toast

We recently spent some time chatting with restauranteur/celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at his Wolfgang Puck American Grille in the Borgata in Atlantic City. Puck wanted…

Style

Go retro with your sneakers

The best of wacky new sneakers.