Usain Bolt suffered a big upset in the 100m final at the Jamaican Olympic trials when he was beaten by Yohan Blake who clocked 9.75 seconds.
Blake stormed past defending Olympic champion Bolt – who ran 9.86 seconds – to set the year’s fastest time and a personal best.
Blake describes himself as “The Beast” and he tucked into the 100m final like he hadn’t eaten for days.
Usain Bolt was supposed to win this one. It would be his statement of intent to tear up London 2012. But he just didn’t look himself. Before both the semi and final there was no joking, smiling or fooling about. We assumed it suggested a real focus. But on reflection something wasn’t right.
Asafa Powell will complete Jamaica’s big three going into the London Olympics. He had flown to Florida for treatment on the morning of the race and, soon after he crossed the line in the final, he collapsed and had to be helped off the track for medical attention.
Former world record holder Asafa Powell was third with 9.88 seconds at Kingston’s National Stadium.
The result sees all three men qualify for the London 2012 Olympics.
The 9.75 time also makes Blake the fourth fastest man of all time behind Bolt’s world record of 9.58, American Tyson Gay’s 9.69 and Asafa Powell’s 9.72.
In the women’s 100m final, defending Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Prycebroke the Jamaican record with a time of 10.70 seconds, with Veronica Campbell-Brown second and Kerron Stewart third.
Nearly 400 Jamaican athletes have been competing for about 60 berths in London in what could be the largest athletics delegation ever sent to an Olympics by the Caribbean nation.