DISASTER: Speculation that Bolt's false start may have been caused by his team-mate Blake on the left.
WITH USAIN Bolt keeping a low profile after his disqualification from the world 100 metres final in Korea yesterday, speculation is rife as to what caused the seasoned pro to make his soul-destroying false start.
Latest theory is that a leg twitch from team-mate Yohan Blake may have caused Bolt to jump the gun.
TV slow motion shows that Yohan Blake’s left leg twitched a slight moment before Bolt moved off from the blocks.
It has been suggested that Blake, not Bolt, should have been disqualified. The fact that Bolt took off his shirt immediately and seemed to accept he was at fault, put all the attention onto him.
In a statement released today by Bolt he said he was disappointed, but did not mention the false start or accept he was responsible.
The Guardian’s sports writer Andy Bull stated: ‘The IAAF rules state that once the athletes are in the 'set' position, they must not move, and Blake's leg clearly twitched. It was that rule which caused Dwain Chambers to be disqualified in his semi-final.
‘Also, the rules state that if any athlete distracts another on the start line, the start of the race should be aborted. It is being argued by some that Bolt was only responding to Blake's twitch, but was so focused on his race that he was oblivious to it.’
While spectators, organisers, and TV audiences are clearly disappointed at not seeing what could have been a new 100 metres record, Bolt said in his statement that he is focussing on the 200 metres on Friday.
Said Bolt: ‘Firstly I would like to congratulate my team-mate Yohan Blake and the other athletes who won the medals. Of course I am extremely disappointed not to have had the chance to defend my title due to the false start. I was feeling great through the rounds and was ready to run fast in the final. I worked very hard to get ready for this championships and things were looking good.
‘However I have to move on now as there is no point dwelling in the past. I have a few days to refocus and get ready for the 200m. After this I have the 4x100m and a few other races before the end of the season. I know that I am in good shape and will focus on running well in the 200m.’
What do you think, was Blake, not Bolt, to blame? Watch the video and leave your comments below.