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VIDEO: Usain Bolt's false start at Worlds

Posted on: August 28, 2011 2:56 pm
Edited on: August 28, 2011 3:01 pm
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Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Usain Bolt's domination of the 100-meter dash was finally ended by the only person on the planet capable of ending it: Usain Bolt. 

Bolt false-started in Sunday's 100-meter final at the Track and Field World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, earning an immediate disqualification. Bolt's reaction to his elimination was as dejected as his celebrations are typically euphoric:



Bolt's disqualification becomes the most famous one yet under the IAAF's recent rule change that a racer is eliminated after their first false start, rather than two. The decision has been widely unpopular with athletes, who have openly hoped for a reversal. U.S hurdler Lolo Jones tweeted after Bolt's elimination: "I know most of you didnt want to see Usain Bolt false start but [he] is the only athlete with enough power to change the false start rule."

If the rule ever again deprives track of its far-and-way most popular athlete running in its far-and-away most popular event on one of the two biggest stages in the sport, rest assured that change will be coming too late.
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Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2011 8:51 am
 

SHOCKING!

But not because of the false start...there was a honky (i.e. white dude) in the field!



Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2011 8:40 am
 

VIDEO: Usain Bolt's false start at Worlds

They should have a gate that opens just like in bike, motocross, etc.



Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 12:19 am
 

VIDEO: Usain Bolt's false start at Worlds

2010 NCAA tourney not 2009.



Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 12:17 am
 

VIDEO: Usain Bolt's false start at Worlds

So doesn't your argument apply if he false starts twice, or under the previous rule, the worst runner in the field false starts, and then he false starts on the 2nd attempt?  It is a joke to even suggest a redo.  I suppose when Kentucky lost to UAB in the 2004 NCAA tourney, or when Kansas lost to UNI in the 2009 NCAA tourney, since by your definition fans want to see the best teams, or in the case of track the best athletes, compete, both Kentucky and Kansas should have been moved to the next round because that is what fans wanted to see?

The whole purpose of watching a race, or any sporting event, is to see ATHLETES compete, not just the best athletes.  If the French guy false starts, no one gives a damn.  Usain Bolt false starts, and suddenly it is a big deal.



Since: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: August 28, 2011 9:42 pm
 

VIDEO: Usain Bolt's false start at Worlds

The whole purpose of watching a race is to see the best athletes compete in the race.  Not to play a game on penalizing someone for a mistake.  Its a joke to not have a re-do in this instance.  It ruins the chance to see a good race.  



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 28, 2011 6:00 pm
 

VIDEO: Usain Bolt's false start at Worlds

I hope the rule is NOT changed.  If it happens to cost the best runner a chance to win, so be it.  If these athletes truly are among the best in the world they should be able to adjust to the recent change to make it one false start to DQ.  Even in the video, the commentators were saying it can be appealed or protested in a close call where something small could have thrown him/her off.  However, in THIS instance he false started well before the gun so an appeal was moot. 

Track and field is not among the mos tpopular of sports (at least not in the US....it might be in the rest fo the world).  I would say it needs to be more fan friendly or tv-watchable (I guess that's a word).  One false start to DQ definitely helps as it tends to speed things up.  If an athlete knows he/she will be DQ'd after one false start....they might be more inclined to NOT false start.  Yes, there have been a lot of them at this year's worlds.  Let's let it run through an entire Olympic cycle before we change it back, though.  Give it a chance to work.



Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: August 28, 2011 5:53 pm
 

VIDEO: Usain Bolt's false start at Worlds

Tuff!


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