That infamous false start is no longer of concern to Usain Bolt as the six-times Olympic gold medallist heads to the world championships in Moscow ready to regain the 100 metres title he lost so ignominiously in 2011.
On that fateful day in Daegu, a stunned stadium watched as the distressed champion pulled off his running vest and looked up to the sky in disbelief after clearly leaving his blocks before the gun sounded to mark the start of the 100 final. The world record holder’s young training partner Yohan Blake went on to win the sport’s blue riband event. Since then, Bolt has, on occasion, been beaten but the Jamaican arrives in Moscow as the brightest of favourites in a world championships shorn of many of its leading lights through injury - including Blake - or positive dope tests.
“My coach keeps reminding me that I’m not a good starter so don’t worry about the start and go when the gun says go, that is the plan,” a jovial Bolt said after winning the 100 at last week’s Diamond League meeting in London. “I figured out what I did wrong from my mistake. I went to the Olympics and I did well so it’s behind me now all I have to do is go there and compete.”