29 AUG 2011 General News Daegu, Korea

Statement from Usain Bolt

100m Final, Daegu 2011 - Bolt DQ (Getty Images)100m Final, Daegu 2011 - Bolt DQ (Getty Images) © Copyright

Following his disqualification from the men's 100m final last night, a race which was won by his countryman and training partner Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt, Olympic champion and World record holder for the 100m has this afternoon issued the following statement:


“Firstly I would like to congratulate my team mate Yohan Blake and the other athletes who won the medals.  


Of course I am extremely disappointed not to have had the chance to defend my title due to the false start.  I was feeling great through the rounds and was ready to run fast in the final.  I worked very hard to get ready for this Championships and things were looking good.    


However I have to move on now as there is no point to dwell on the past.  I have a few days to refocus and get ready for the 200m on Friday.  After this I have the 4x100m and a few other races before the end of the season.  I know that I am now in good shape and will focus on running well in the 200m.        


Thanks to all the people who sent me good wishes and I will try my best to make you proud in the 200m.”


Usain Bolt (JAM)