The story appears on

Page A7

July 19, 2009

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Sports » Athletics

Bolt triumphs with year's best time

OLYMPIC champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica won the 100 meters at a Paris Golden League meeting on Friday in 9.79 seconds, recording his best time of the season despite a poor start in damp, chilly conditions.

His time was only marginally slower than the 9.77 seconds run by Tyson Gay in Rome last week - the fastest mark of the year so far.

Bolt, who holds the 100 record of 9.69 seconds set at the Beijing Olympic Games last year, was slow out of the blocks on Friday but pulled clear of the field after the first 50 meters.

"It was not the perfect race, but it was good enough for me. I had a bad start in bad weather so it's a good result," he said afterwards, adding that he had played it safe.

"I was careful because I didn't want to be injured. You don't want to be injured at this time in the season just before the world championships so you just have to be cautious."

He chalked up his previous best of the year of 9.86 seconds in June and Bolt said he would only take part in one more meeting, in London this week, before the Berlin world championships next month.

"The world championships are very important to show the world that last year was not a joke," said Bolt, who also set world records in the 200 and 4x100 relay in Beijing.

Bolt is the favorite to steal Gay's 100 and 200 crowns in Berlin and he did not face any of his main rivals in Paris. Daniel Bailey of Antigua came second in 9.91 seconds and Jamaican Yohan Blake third in 9.93.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend