From Beijing to Berlin, it seemed that no one was a match for Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. That changed for several seconds last night in Stockholm when American sprinter Tyson Gay upset the defending World and Olympic champion in a race between the two fastest runners in history.
Gay beat Bolt at the Diamond League DN Galan 100 meters in 9.84 seconds. Bolt finished second in 9.97. While Gay's time was shy of Bolt's world record of 9.58s, the AP reports that Gay was "in control" from the start and Bolt looking visibly tired toward the end.
This was Bolt's first loss in two years and at the same Stockholm stadium where he last lost a race two years ago. "Part of the shock of Bolt's loss in Stockholm -- in the hours after the race Bolt was the top trending topic on Twitter -- is due in large part to the ridiculously high bar he has set," adds Universal Sports. "Six world records, six global championship medals in two years, and 27 consecutive race victories created an aura of invincibility around the 24-year-old. It turns out the winning machine is human after all. 'I'm not unbeatable,' Bolt said. 'I can be beaten and it showed today.'"
Jamaica's Asafa Powell, who rounds out the top three fastest men in the world, did not participate because of a back injury. The 100 meters rematch is scheduled for August 27 in Brussels. Watch the dramatic race AFTER THE JUMP...