Usain Bolt, reigning Olympic gold medalist in the men's 100-meter dash, suffered a rare loss on Saturday night in the same event at the Jamaican Olympic Trials to speedster Yohan Blake, who they call "The Beast," according to ESPN.com.
But don't expect the world's fastest man to fade off into irrelevance just yet. He'll be back in a big way this summer in London.
The reigning 100- and 200-meter Olympic champion has a resume demanding respect, and at age 25, there is still plenty left in Bolt's tank.
Blake bested Bolt, finishing with an impressive time of 9.75 seconds—0.11 seconds faster than the favorite Bolt. Still, before we crown Blake 2012 Olympic Champion in the 100 meters, we must first consider the situation.
Bolt is clearly saving up for London, and Friday night's event was nothing more than a qualifier for the 2012 Summer Games. Not to mention Blake's winning time was 0.17 seconds off Bolt's world record (9.58).
That's not to say that Bolt will run his world record time again in London, but he has clearly proved that he is the man to beat on the Olympic stage.
Blake's victory is a noteworthy one, and his time will come, but not at the 2012 London Games. The last time we saw Bolt in action at the Olympics, he was obliterating the field and jogging to victory.
It's safe to say that the world's fastest man is still exactly that. He'll bounce back easily from his loss to Yohan Blake and sprint to another gold in the 100-meter dash this summer in London.
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