start lost BEIJING, China: “I have a bullet in my gun, and I’m going to use it tonight.” That’s what Usain Bolt said to Asafa Powell moments before he went on to retain his 100-metre title at the World Championships in Beijing, China, yesterday. It was a sweet night for Bolt, who overcame a so-so season to post 9.79 seconds and beat rival Justin Gatlin, 9.80, into second place, with youngsters Trayvon Bromell and Andre De Grasse both posting 9.92 to share the bronze. However, it was misery for Powell, who again failed to live up to expectations, finishing seventh in 10.00 seconds flat and ending his hope of adding to his two World Championships 100m bronze medals. Powell, who was full of praise for Bolt, said he simply did not have the legs and admitted that it will be even more difficult to shake his reputation of not producing his best when it matters most. “I just didn’t have the legs to finish the race. I just need to go back and focus on getting my start back. I lost that and just didn’t have the legs to finish,” said Powell. “I’m very disappointed because I should have been in the top-three tonight, and I just didn’t pull it off. “I have been having a great season, and I think the expectations were high for me at this World Championships, and it’s one more disappointment added to all those before, and I just need to go back to the drawing board and focus on running a full race,” Powell assessed, before addressing his reputation. “I hope I can move on from that. It has been going on for a while now, and I definitely hope I can pull it off one day. I felt very confident at the start of the race, I thought I had more left in me, but when the gun went off I just could not get going,” said Powell. “Everyone wanted Justin (Gatlin) to lose tonight, and Usain managed to pull it off, and I am very happy about that. I’m not surprised; once you have it, you can’t lose it. There are some athletes that have to run themselves into shape, but once it’s there it’s there,” said Powell.
The pain wasn’t as bad for Alta Loma’s Alton Clark, who is going to Bakersfield, but only after losing twice and falling to fourth place in the 145-pound bracket. “(Friday) after a first-round bye, he went a long time without fluids,” Braves coach Tom Guenther said of Clark, who lost 15 pounds over the last week to make weight. “(The weight drop) has been a major factor the last two days.” It showed in Clark’s semifinal match against Rim of the World’s Isaac Whisner. Clark, the No. 1 seed in the weight class, took a 4-1 lead in the second period but withered down the stretch. Whisner tied the match to send it to overtime, where he caught Clark off-guard to record a takedown and win 6-4. Then in the third-place match, Clark lost 13-0 to Santa Ana’s Jose Navarro – whom Clark had beaten 5-3 in last week’s qualifying tournament. Still, with a week to recover, Guenther believes he will be fine. “We would like to place next week, and he’s got the potential to be a placer,” Guenther said. Johnson Jr. wasn’t the only wrestler to lose an undefeated record Saturday. Rancho Cucamonga’s Ryan Eagleson lost during his first match of the day, 19-11 to Bobby Scofield of Dana Hills, the top-ranked 130-pounder in the state. “He looked competitive off the bat, took him down early, then it got out of hand,” Cougars coach Rangi Smith said of Eagleson, who is now 46-1. “He definitely wants another shot at (Scofield).” Eagleson, who had never been to the CIF state meet before this year, finished third. Teammate Corey Castillo is also making his first trip to Bakersfield after placing fifth in at 125. “Fifth in Southern California, this is the toughest region in the state, I feel pretty good,” Castillo said. “The hard work paid off.” With 34