The fastest man in the world looked anything but Friday night.
Running in the semi-finals of the 100 meters at the Jamaican National Senior Championships -- Jamaica's equivalent of Olympic trials -- Usain Bolt got off to a terribly slow start and never was able to fully recover, finishing in 10.01 seconds. By comparison, his world record is 9.58, run in 2009.
Bolt was in last place at the 20-meter mark and while he won the semi, he didn't take the lead until the final step. Sports Illustrated's Tim Layden called it ""Ugly, ugly, ugly."
His two biggest competitors, Asafa Powell and Yohan Blake, were both in the first semi-final. Powell won in 9.92; Blake was second.
So what's wrong with Bolt? Maybe nothing. But there is speculation that his false start in the 100m at the 2011 World Championships is still in his head, making his starts even slower than usual.
The 100m finals at the Jamaican trials is scheduled for 10:25 p.m. Saturday night.