There are competitors and then there are rivals. Almost every sport has at least two athletes whose only motive is to see the other falter. In athletics those two are Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake.
In under two days, Usain Bolt was beaten by Jamaican Yohan Blake on Sunday at the Caribbean nation’s Olympic trials. Blake now stands in the first position. It was the 200m finals and the lightening fast Bolt was left behind the thunderous Blake.
In the previous race, Blake, who is just 22 years old had a timing of 9.75 seconds in the 100m race that took place on Friday. The second time round, the timing was 19.80 seconds in Kingston. Beating Bolt by 0.03 seconds, Blake made it his second victory in just under 48 hours.
Where the world; all athletes and spectators, has its eyes fixated on the Olympics, which is just a matter of weeks away, this comes as a blow to Bolt. He holds the world record for 100m and 200m, both the distances where Blake recently beat him. The amount of pressure on the 25 year old has crossed the ‘intense’ mark line. Bolt has thrice won gold medals in the Olympics.
The Olympics which begin on July 27 will be a huge platform to prove for both the athletes. Though Bolt comments that he is not disappointed with the loss, he sure will work on winning his place back. “I’m not discouraged”, he said. He also added that there certainly are things to work on but nothing to be alarmed about.
“I’m never worried until my coach gets worried. My coach isn’t worried, so I’m OK”.
Bolt said that the world knows he is the true Olympic champion and it was just a matter of showing it out once again. He also added that it was just a matter of time that he returned to his shape and by the time the Olympics arrived, he will show the world who the winner is.
Blake has been doing consistently well this year. He recorded his personal best timing this time and the winnings show the tough form he is in at the moment.
But we’ll have to wait for the Olympics for the final judgment.