Usain Bolt made a World Championship 100m semi-final look so damn easy

Usain Bolt 2011 World Championships

Usain Bolt is arguably the greatest Olympian all time and is certainly regarded as the greatest sprinter we’ve ever seen.

The Jamaican holds a plethora of records on his way to winning a vast collection of medals, including those with his compatriots as well as individual ones on the biggest stage of all, the Olympics.

Back in 2011, just before he went on to show us his class at the London Olympics the following year, he was competing at the IAAF World Championships that were held in Daegu, South Korea.

He won his semi-final race with ease in typical Bolt fashion with an abundance of peacockery on show from the sprinter who never failed to entertain fans worldwide.

After powering away from the field in the opening part of the race, he simply jogged towards the finish line, still taking first place with a 10.05 second time which is only around four tenths off his world record from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The semi-final saw him qualify joint second fastest with American Walter Dix posting the same time as Bolt. His compatriot Yohan Blake made the final with the quickest time, but only just at 9.95 seconds.

Bolt celebrates winning in China.
Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning the men’s 100 metres final at the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China August 23, 2015. REUTERS/David Gray

Bolt winning his semi-final while treating it like a school sports day shows us just how far ahead of his competition he was and why he’ll go down as an all-time great of the sporting world.

Love him or hate him, there’s no denying his unmatched ability on the track, with many trying to get close, but always coming up short.

It wasn’t another gold medal for Bolt as in the final, disaster struck for the favourite and Olympic champion, with him being disqualified for the event.

He proved to us all that he is still human and isn’t some kind of sprinting machine that’s flawless. Bolt’s disqualification threw the event up in the air, with the clear favourite now gone.

His fate was sealed due to his false start in the race, with Blake also jolting forward, but remaining in his blocks.

So in the absence of Bolt, Kim Collins from Saint Kitts and Nevis got off to a flying start, leading the field for the opening 50 metres, however, he couldn’t hold on and had to settle for third.

Unsurprisingly, we saw Blake take the gold medal in Bolt’s absence, with Walter Dix coming home in second place, 0.01 seconds ahead of Kim Collins.

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