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Blake shocks Bolt in final

KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Fastest Man in the World wasn't the fastest man in Jamaica on Friday night. That honor goes to Yohan Blake, who got out of the blocks fast and finished the 100-meter final in 9.75 seconds to upset world-record holder Usain Bolt by 0.11 seconds in the Jamaican Olympic trials. Blake is the reigning world champion, but Bolt didn't run that night after getting disqualified because of a false start. This was their first rematch, and Blake showed he more than deserved his title.
Asafa Powell will join them at the Olympics, where the calculus has suddenly changed dramatically. DIX A NO-SHOW: Some of the biggest names in American sprinting were on the sideline and not in the starting blocks for the opening round of the 200 meters. As expected, Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay didn't run in the event Friday at Olympic track trials. But the absence of Olympic bronze medalist Walter Dix was a bit of a surprise. The Florida State standout was hampered by a sore left hamstring that slowed him in the 100, but he thought he might be ready for the 200. RESOLUTION NEAR: As Allyson Felix sauntered away from the crowd and on to safety, she actually broke her vow of silence. "Feeling good," she said. And then she was off again, escorted by coach Bobby Kersee. Felix is looking solid on the track even in the midst of controversy, winning her semifinal heat at Olympic trials on Friday. Same with training partner Jeneba Tarmoh, who moments earlier captured her race convincingly, too. After the 200 final today, the two sprinters will finally address what everyone is eager to know: Just how they will break their third-place tie in the 100 and decide who earns the final spot to the London Games in the event. BOSH BOWS OUT: Chris Bosh is still hurting, and his Olympic plans are being pushed aside so he can heal. The Miami Heat forward told USA Basketball that he is withdrawing from consideration for the London Games so he can continue recovering from the strained abdominal muscle. GYMNASTICS: Bridget Sloan, the 2009 world champion, scratched after appearing to hurt her left arm during warm-ups. STEEPLECHASE: Emma Coburn won her second straight national title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
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