Usain Bolt, considered the fastest man on the planet, is not unbeatable after all. Tyson Gay proved on Friday that Bolt, the reigning world and Olympic champion in the 100 meters, can be beaten by finishing ahead of his rival at the DN Galan meet in Stockholm, Sweden.
Gay crossed the line in 9.84 seconds to hand Bolt his first defeat in two years. Bolt, who had said that he was not in his best shape, finished the race in 9.97, significantly slower than his world record of 9.58 seconds, which he set in Berlin on August 16, 2009. Incidentally, it was also on the same track where Bolt last lost a race.
“I’m really happy with the win, even though Usain Bolt isn’t in the best shape,” Gay said. Bolt was also graceful in defeat. “I’m not unbeatable. I can be beaten and it showed today,” said the 23-year-old Jamaican. Despite his defeat, Bolt issued a stern warning that this year is the best chance for his rivals to beat him. “This is my easy season, if you don’t beat me this season it’s not going to happen next season because next year is a championship year,” he said.
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