Bolt upset by Blake in Jamaican 100 finals

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By Associated Press

  KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — When the Olympics start, it will be Usain Bolt doing the chasing.

The World's Fastest Man wasn't even the fastest man in Jamaica on Friday night.

Instead, that honor was snatched away by Yohan Blake, the man they call "The Beast," who blew away Bolt out of the starting blocks and finished the 100-meter final in 9.75 seconds to upset the world-record holder by 0.11 seconds in the Jamaican Olympic trials.

How big a shocker? Time will tell. One thing for sure, however, is that the math for the London Olympics has changed dramatically.

"Nine-point-seven-five, it's awesome," Blake said. "I won the world championship, so I've got that. Now, I'm the national champion for Jamaica, so I've got that. And now, I go into the Olympics like this."

Blake is, indeed, the reigning world champion, but that victory came with an asterisk because Bolt, the reigning Olympic champion, didn't run that night in South Korea after being disqualified for a false start.

This was their first rematch, the first real race between the training partners since then. Bolt was considered the favorite, not only because of his world record — 9.58 seconds — but because Blake had never run faster than 9.82 in his life.

The 9.75 seconds on a calm night in Kingston goes down as the best time in the world this year and also breaks the four-year-old National Stadium record; both previous marks were 9.76 — both held by Bolt. Only Bolt, Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay have ever run faster.

Less than 12 hours after Blake shocked Bolt in the 100, the sprinters returned to National Stadium for 9 a.m. qualifying heats.

Running in front of maybe 200 fans and stadium workers, Bolt won in 21.21 seconds. In the next heat, Blake finished in 21.43 seconds.