He was beaten by his two training partners, Warren Weir and Yohan Blake — the two men who stood below him on the podium after the trio finished 1-2-3 in the 200 at the London Olympics, when Bolt ran a blistering 19.32 to capture the gold:
On Saturday, Bolt finished the 400-meter event with a time of 46.71. Weir won in 46.21, while Blake took second in 46.64.
The Camperdown Classic has no final — the best heat time wins — so Bolt didn’t have a chance to redeem himself in direct competition with his countrymen rivals. He cruised to victory against lesser competition in his heat, while Weir and Blake faced off head-to-head in theirs.
Here’s Bolt’s heat:
Here’s Blake and Weir’s heat:
Bolt, the world-record holder in the 100 and 200, is known to run the 400 for early-season conditioning. This was basically a training run, and the Camerperdown Classic is a low-profile event (run by the Racers Track Club). But whenever Bolt is beaten it’s a headline, and this was his first competition of the season.
As quoted by Reuters, Bolt took the loss in stride:
I’m happy, I’ve never been so nervous running a 400m but overall I’m happy. Physically I felt good, not as good as I normally would, but overall I feel good. I didn’t matter about the time, I just wanted to complete this race, I know I may have one more for the season, maybe two depending on what the coach wants.