#2…bolt can run down any human on the planet and why was he looking for a flyer? his starts have been brilliant during the rounds and he was and still is unbeatable. everyone knows they are running for silver/bronze once bolt is in the field but you are exactly right with your above statement but people here never see the bigger picture.
I did notice this right away actually… fully forgot to mention. My first thought was that looks like someone who’s INTENTIONALLY false starting. That was definitely a clear anticipation. Are people tested if DQed? But then again what about the 200? and what if he made the gun barely and was into the race, would his plan be to pull up injured?
We can only speculate. He is far too polished a sprinter to do something like this. Remember in 1988 when they called Ben for a false start in the semis? It wasn’t actually a false start, but a great reaction. In the next start, Ben held back and then caught everyone mid-race and blew by them. Bolt’s situation is far different. He could have done the same thing – held back in the blocks and still have qualified easily.
My thought is that he didn’t want to run that race. Why? Who knows. Perhaps there is so much pressure for him to produce World Record performances, he’d rather wait until 2012. But, as everyone has commented, he was a run away favourite to win. Maybe he didn’t want to win like that (with Powell and Gay out). Then, there are the sinister scenarios that we won’t discuss.
But it certainly has tarnished the marquee event at the WC’s.
getting back to the initial topic, when christie was DQ in atlanta 96 he put up a fight immediatley and same with drummond. they protested right there on the spot and didnt move until they were told to leave- period. bolt today did neither and michael johnson stated this within seconds of it happening. im reading different reports now stating bizarre things from staging the DQ,betting involved against bolt etc bizarre but will we ever find out what really happened!
I did watch the race, but I had a look at the youtube video.
It appears to be staged. Maybe I am wrong, but also the reaction after it, immediately taking off the shirt, I don’t know, it does not seem natural. And this was not an anticipation, it was 30 minutes before.
Why Bolt needed to react like Christie or Drummond? He knew exactly that he FS and he would have looked like an idiot if he tried to complain with officials. If it was staged why he didn’t decide just to make slight move like Chambers did after command “set”? It would look more convincing for people who think it was staged.
Because there is the risk that one won’t get disqualified for that. It would be bad if the rest of the field is off and he’s stuck in the blocks. A disqualification (especially thanks to the reaction that has followed) makes it look as if Bolt could have won with a world record if ‘they’ had let him run. Him twitching and being left in the blocks with no false start just makes him look bad as an athlete and it is more difficult to explain to the masses.
Maybe he didn’t bother arguing and complaining with the officials because he is Bolt and therefore, like we saw in New York with Felix, could have gotten away with a green card and then what would he do if indeed he didn’t want to run for whatever reason. If we are to believe that this is staged then he only got one shot at it and the safest and most plausible way was to start normally albeit well well before the gun has gone off.
Reading earlier posts, I do see how this is a good way for Blake to win without Bolt losing.