Yohan Blake spread his hands out to his sides and let out a primal scream. Not only had he punched his ticket for the London Olympics in the 100-meter sprint, but he surpassed the world-recorder holder Usain Bolt by 0.11 seconds in the process.
This was the first real race between Blake and Bolt, who train together in Jamaica.
"Nine-point-seven-five, it's awesome," Blake said. "I won the world championship, so I've got that. Now, I'm the national champion for Jamaica, so I've got that. And now, I go into the Olympics like this."
Blake’s 9.75 second run goes down as the best time in the world this year, and breaks the four-year-old National Stadium record of 9.76 which was previously held by Bolt. Only Bolt, Asafa Powell, and Tyson Gay have ever run faster, according to ESPN.
Bolt will still be a favorite going into the Olympics with a blistering 9.58 world-record time; however, the race has already become more exciting than anticipated.
The Washington Post reported that both Blake and Bolt have breezed through preliminary heats of the 200-meter this morning in times of 21.21 and 21.43, respectively.