Jamaican Track and Field Superstar Usain Bolt faced his first defeat on Thursday August 28, 2015. No, it was not by the feet of American track star Justin Gatlin who tweeted before the race about “…break sound barrier…”or Tyson Gay. As you wonder out loud, who could it be, well, wonder no more, it was none other than a Chinese TV cameraman. This story unfolded right after the 2015 IAAF World Championships 200m race in Beijing. Jamaican sprinter Usain St. Leo Bolt just defeated American Justin Gatlin as they say in Jamaica “good and proper”.
Usain finished the 200m race with a time of 19.56 while Gatlin manage a time of 19.74. This race came a few days after Usain Lighting Bolt jolted Gatlin by beating him in the 100m men’s final. Now in the 200m final another highly anticipated race and recent questions surrounding Bolt of Jamaica and Gatlin of America. Because of Gatlin last race result and the anticipation of this race, Usain tweeted, “They say it couldn’t be done. But my peeps even when they tell you that all the odds are against you never give up. Fight on and keep believing in your God ability.” Now it was Thursday and Bolt answer all the question and ran another brilliant race to defeat Justin Gatlin and capture yet another title in the city that love him very much, Beijing, China.
After the victory, Bolt was taking his signature barefoot victory lap. During Bolt’s victory lap, the star athlete was sideswiped by a Chinese Cameraman who was riding on a motorized two wheel scooter. The world’s fastest runner was knocked down for the count as sports fans around the world heart skipped a beat in fear of injury. Some Jamaicans cried out conspiracy while Bolt’s camp saw their gold mine flash before their eyes. Bolt on the other hand was not down for long; he did a complete flip and was back on his feet looking frightened and wondering, what the hell just happen.
This cameraman was wrong on many levels. He clearly had no business riding a motorized scooter while operation a camera on the track. But like so many camera persons in the 21st Century and the billions of dollars that’s involved in sports, “camera in your face” will remain business as usual. Meanwhile, Usain Lighting Bolt, the country man from Trelawney Jamaica, took it in stride and said, “I am fine. I have a few cuts.” He went on to say, “But it’s nothing I have never done to myself in training…” So yes, the1st Usain Bolt Defeat by A Chinese Not an American was not on the track but during the victory lap.