OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) – Olympic champion and world-record holder Usain Bolt won the 100 metres in 9.77 seconds at the Golden Spike meet yesterday.
|OSTRAVA, Czech Republic – Jamaican Usain Bolt (2nd right) crosses the line to win the men’s 100m at the IAAF World Athletics Tour Golden Spike meeting yesterday. From left are Ryan Moseley from Austria (eighth), Samuel Francis of Qatar (fourth) and US sprinter Marcus Brunson (sixth). (Photo: AP)
Bolt had a strong tail wind of 2.1 metres per second – too fast to make the time count officially – but he wasn’t complaining.
“I’m just happy I got under 10 seconds,” he said. “Sometimes I got the right wind, sometimes I don’t. I’m just happy I ran injury free.
“It was quicker than I thought,” said the Jamaican, who was cheered by the crowd long after his race.
“It was not an easy victory. I had some problems at the beginning so the result is great for me. I enjoy winning.”
After a seemingly slow start he wasn’t happy about, Bolt cruised to victory ahead of Britain’s Craig Pickering, who finished well behind in 10.08. Ronald Pogon of France was third in 10.17.
|OSTRAVA, Czech Republic – Doloreen Ennis-London of Jamaica celebrates after winning the women 100m hurdles at the IAAF World Athletics Tour Golden Spike meeting yesterday. (Photo: AP)
“I’m satisfied with the time, it was a good time,” Bolt said. “Even though there was wind I’m proud of myself anyway.
“I’m running fast; that’s what I’m sure about. It’s a positive sign for me. I’m happy.”
Bolt established himself as the world’s fastest man by winning the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay at the Beijing Olympics in world record times. He won the 100 gold medal in 9.69.
Bolt ran 9.93 in Spanish Town, Jamaica on March 14, but the tail wind was also above the maximum allowed.
He is set to race at the Jamaica championships and meets in Switzerland, Paris and London before the world champs in Berlin in August.
Olympic 110 hurdles champ Dayron Robles of Cuba, who set the world record at 12.87 seconds in Ostrava last year, won this year in 13.04 seconds, the world’s best time this season. He was followed by Dexter Faulk of the United States in 13.13 and Shamar Sands of Bahamas in 13.38.
“Even though it is a new world-leading time (this year), I did not feel well today,” Robles said. “I don’t know what happened. I think I need one more week to train and it will improve.”
The 2005 world champion, American Bershawn Jackson, won the men’s 400 hurdles in 48.32 seconds, also in the best time of the season, with Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic second in 49.20 and Marek Plawgo of Poland third in 49.59.
Meselech Melkamu of Ethiopia was running neck and neck with Kenya’s Linet Masai in the women’s 5,000 until she reached the finish in 14 minutes, 34.17 seconds.
Masai was just 0.19-second-behind followed by another Kenyan, Vivian Cheruiyot, in 14:38.26.
Paul Hession of Ireland took the men’s 200m with a strong finish, beating Brian Dzingai of Zimbabwe by one hundredth of a second in 20.44 seconds.
Double world champ Michelle Perry of the United States was beaten by Jamaica’s Delloreen Ennis-London in the women’s 100 hurdles. Delloreen crossed in 12.79 seconds.
“I’m really satisfied with my time today I can say I ‘m ready for Jamaica’s trials next weekend,” Ennis-London said.
Perry, who hit a hurdle, finished in 12.86 while another American Danielle Carruthers was third in 12.90.
100-1, Usain Bolt, Jamaica, 9.77 seconds. 2, Craig Pickering, Britain, 10.08. 3, Ronald Pognon, France, 10.15. 4, Samuel Francis, Qatar, 10.17. 5, Martial Mbandjock, France, 10.24. 6, Marcus Brunson, United States, 10.28.
200-1, Paul Hession, Ireland, 20.44. 2, Brian Dzingai, Zimbabwe, 20.45. 3, Nickel Asmeade, Jamaica, 20.72. 4, Jiri Vojtik, Czech Republic, 20.80. 5, Kristof Beyens, Belgium, 20.81. 6, Stephane Buckland, Mauritius, 20.83.
Women 100 Hurdles-1, Delloreen Ennis-London, Jamaica, 12.79. 2, Michelle Perry, United States, 12.86. 3, Danielle Carruthers, United States, 12.90. 4, Derval O’Rourke, Ireland, 12.95. 5, Lucie Skrobakova, Czech Republic, 12.96. 6, Anay Tejeda, Cuba, 12.97.