Running a personal best of 9.75s –the fastest time in the world this year –Blake shot past heavy favorite Bolt to significantly shorten his odds for the Olympic finals. Bolt finished in second with a run of 9.86s and Asafa Powell ran in third with 9.88s.
All three men will compete for their country at the London Games.
In fact all eight runners in the Jamaican final ran under the Olympic qualifying time of 10.18s, making this one of the most daunting fields in competitive sprinting.
At the front was Blake, who is now officially the fourth fastest man of all time, coming in behind Bolt’s 9.58s world record, Tyson Gay’s 9.69s run and Asafa Powell’s 9.72s. Pushing through his personal best it remains to be seen whether he can continue to improve and upset his more famous teammates.
The 100m finals are now tantalizingly poised, with Blake leading the international field. Bolt got off to a horrific start in this final, but he has already ran a 9.76 this year. Justin Gatlin pulled off a personal best this year at 9.8s, while teammate Tyson Gay came back with a run of 9.86s. Former World Record holder Powell will still be in contention for a medal after running 9.88s in this trial, despite having a torn thigh.
There are comeback stories and American pressure, but knowing that Bolt is capable of more and seeing the level of Jamaican competition a betting person would not be laughed at for backing a Jamaican 1-2-3 in the Olympic 100m final.