Sprint superstar Usain Bolt on Sunday said he needed time to digest his sensational disqualification from the world championships 100m final following a catastrophic false start.
Fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake held his nerve for the restart and powered to victory, setting his season's best time of 9.92sec with American Walter Dix second (10.08) and former world champion Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis winning bronze at 0.01sec. I need some time," said Bolt.
Blake admitted to mixed feelings following his unexpected win. Usain Bolt has been there for me. I feel like I want to cry," said Blake, Bolt's training partner under coach Glen Mills. I felt I would win the race for Bolt."
"It's surreal," said silver medallist Dix said of Bolt's disqualification. I didn't really think they would kick him out (Bolt)."
Veteran Collins, who won 100m gold at the world championships in Paris in 2003, said: "It was awesome. Crazy about cricket and mad about chicken nuggets, Yohan Blake surprised the world by sprinting out of the shadow of Jamaican teammate Usain Bolt and winning the 100-meter world title Sunday.
South Korea – Usain Bolt beat only the gun in the 100-meter final at the IAAF World Championships.
The defending world and Olympic champion bolted out of the blocks on Sunday night and was promptly disqualified, his hopes of repeating as a triple gold medalist dashed.
Bolt will return in the 200 meters, which begins on Friday, and in the 4 x 100-meter relay Saturday with the new world champion, his Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake.
Blake clocked 9.92 seconds into a stiff headwind, well off Bolt's world record of 9.58 seconds.
Bronze medalist Kim Collins of Saint Kitts and Nevis, the world champion in 2003 and 2005 bronze medalist, said he believes the rule was better the old way.
The last time Bolt false-started in a meet was the semifinals of the 2009 world championships in Berlin, when athletes still got a second chance.
Blake had the fastest time in the semifinals at 9.95 seconds, while Bolt won his semifinal in 10.05.
"I've been waiting for this moment my whole life," Blake said.
Collins became the oldest man to medal in the 100 at worlds, a placing he might not have captured if Bolt had been in the race.