On day 1 of Jamaica's Olympic trials a bit of drama came from a false start a few lanes over from world record holder, Usain Bolt who went on to have an easy qualifying heat, finishing 100 meters in 10.06 seconds. Ainsley Waugh jumped from the block early in the first heat. The gun signaled the false start.
Bolt didn't flinch, he crouched his 6-foot-5 frame back toward the ground, stuck his lime-green shoes into the blocks, jumped out safely and slowly, accelerated past the competition with about 40 meters left, then looked left and right as he approached the finish line and saw exactly what he expected -- nothing.
A few minutes later, defending world champion Yohan Blake ran the fastest time on a calm night in Kingston -- 10 seconds flat -- to advance. These times are almost certain to pick up Friday, when the semifinals and final are scheduled. Bolt and Blake both declined comment after the race. Bolt, being followed by a couple dozen reporters, draped a towel over his head and a handler said, "Sunday, Sunday, Sunday," which is when the meet ends with the 200 final. Blake's contribution: "Can't talk. Later." On Friday, though, the two are expected to line up against each other in the 100 for the first time since 2011 world championships, when Bolt false-started and Blake won the title.
With a time of 10.19 was Asafa Powell, often the forgotten man in these meetings stated, "We're not in London yet, so, no, it's not the time.".