''The Beast'' turned out to be quite an animal.
Not even Usain Bolt can argue with that.
The Fastest Man in the World wasn't the fastest man in Jamaica on Friday night.
Instead, that honor was snatched away by Yohan Blake, the man they call ''The Beast,'' who blew away Bolt out of the starting blocks and finished the 100-meter final in 9.75 seconds to upset the world-record holder by 0.11 second in the Jamaican Olympic trials.
A shocker? Well, that's for the world to decide. One thing for sure, however, is that the calculus for the London Olympics has changed dramatically.
''Nine-point-seven-five, it's awesome,'' Blake said. ''I won the world championship, so I've got that. Now, I'm the national champion for Jamaica, so I've got that. And now, I go into the Olympics like this.''
Blake is, indeed, the reigning world champion, but that victory came with an asterisk because Bolt, the reigning Olympic champion, didn't run that night in South Korea after being disqualified for a false start.
This was their first rematch, their first real race since then between the training partners. Bolt was considered the favorite, not only because of his world record - 9.58 seconds - but because Blake had never run faster than 9.82 in his life.
Well, now, he has.
The 9.75 seconds on a calm night in Kingston goes down as the best time in the world this year and also breaks the four-year-old National Stadium record; both previous marks were 9.76 - both held by Bolt. Only Bolt, Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay have ever run faster.
As much as the numbers, though, it was all that daylight between Blake and Bolt at the finish line that told this story. Blake got ahead early and, for a while, looked to have more of a tussle on his hands with Powell, who finished third, than with Bolt. As he always does, Bolt rallied at the end, leaning at the line - to make sure he held onto second.