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Beating Usain Bolt in the 100-meter dash CAN happen.
Sort of, anyway.
Going into his semifinal race of the 100 at the Rio Games on Sunday night (expected around 8:07 p.m. ET), Bolt has competed 21 times at that distance in world championship and Olympic competition.
His record: 19 wins (including a heat in Rio on Saturday), one second and one false start.
The only man to "beat" Bolt in a 100 at either of those two meets is Daniel Bailey of Antigua, who did it in a quarterfinal at the 2009 world championships in Berlin. Considering Bolt was smiling for about the last 20 meters of that race _ when the objective was only to qualify for the next round, which he knew he would do with ease _ it didn't seem like a major upset win for Bailey.
(See that race here, and to save time, speed up to around the 2:30 mark.)
Clearly, that quarterfinal loss in 2009 didn't exactly send Bolt into a tailspin. He wound up winning the meet, setting the now nearly 7-year-old world record in the final of 9.58 seconds.
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Bailey, incidentally, is in these Rio Games as well. He's running in the third 100 semifinal tonight, a few minutes after Bolt competes in the second semi.
Bolt's false start came in the final at the 2011 world championship. In 10 Olympic and world-championship 100 races since then, going into Sunday night, he's 10-0.