Usain Bolt was expected to amaze people in the final of the men's 100-meter dash at the world championships.
And the Jamaican sprinter did just—by false starting himself out of a certain gold medal. Many pundits have turned their anger to track and field's controversial false-start rule, which disqualifies any competitor jumping the gun. While it remains to be seen whether the rule will be discarded in time for the London Olympics, there are actually a couple of positives from Bolt not earning gold in the 100.
For one, he will enter the 200-meter dash will renewed focus. Bolt has said that event is actually his favorite, and he'll enter it a bigger favorite than he was in the 100. Even if he won the 100 in Daegu, there would have been no fear of him not taking the 200 seriously. The Jamaican took home gold in the 200 in world record times in Beijing and Berlin after the winning the 100 in both competitions. For him not to win an individual gold in Daegu would be a colossal failure, so expect him to do all the little things right, such as not jump the gun in a race where he has a bigger margin for error.
In addition, the 100-meter dash in London just got a lot more interesting. Sports thrive on suspense, and if Bolt had done the expected in Daegu, many would have probably viewed the Olympic 100-meter dash a competition for second and third. Bolt will still probably will be considered the favorite, as in reality, he beat himself in Daegu.
But many will be tuned in to see if Yohan Blake can build on the confidence he gained at the World Championships to beat his training partner. Others will be interested to see if Tyson Gay (provided he qualifies for the Olympics and can arrive 100 percent healthy) can knock off Bolt in a major competition.
And perhaps most of all, we'll see if Bolt—not known for being the best out of the blocks—will start more cautiously from now on, perhaps giving others the opening they need to upset him.