Bolt promises his fans delivery on Friday

2011-08-29 11:11

The disqualification of Usain Bolt from the 100m final today has overshadowed the IAAF World Athletics Championships here.

The locals could not stomach the disappointment of not being able to watch the idolised Jamaican in action, in the race that was ultimately won by Bolt’s training partner and compatriot Yohan Blake.

The Korean media told the story better by splashing a huge picture of a dejected Bolt when he was being escorted off the track by a marshal.

Daily newspaper Yeong-Nam Ilbo went an extra mile in a pictorial feature illustrating the sequence of Bolt’s wrong start and subsequent disqualification.

“Everything happens for a reason and the ones who finished number one, two and three would not have had their medals if he was there,” said Sang Ho from Samdeok-dong in Daegu.

After he had left the Daegu Stadium in a huff and hardly gave full his views to the press, Bolt responded through a statement today that he too was “extremely disappointed not have had a chance to defend my title”.

But one would have thought the fastest man on the planet was in the media centre as a mere announcement of “Bolt” was immediately followed by a jostle between journalists.

No one can blame the news-hungry scribes who all scrummed for the four-line statement as the reaction was at the back of unsuccessful attempts to draw comment from the world’s most recognised track athlete.

“I worked hard to get ready for this championships and things were looking good,” Bolt wrote.

“I have a few days to refocus and get ready for the 200m on Friday”.

Bolt, who is the defending champion in the 200m added: “Thanks to all the people who sent me good wishes and I will try my best to make you proud in the 200m.”

The 200m heats start at 11.10am Korean time and the final is on Saturday.

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