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Bolt wins 100 at Golden Spike in 9.77

OLYMPIC champion and world-record holder Usain Bolt won the 100 meters in 9.77 seconds at the Golden Spike meet yesterday.

Bolt had a strong tail wind of 2.1 meters 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.

"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 4x100 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.

"It was a great race," Jackson said. "I'm really satisfied that I made a world leading time because our trials are really tough and I hope to qualify for the world championships and run around 48 seconds. Hopefully under 48."

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 200 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.

"I hit the seventh hurdle," Perry said. "It's a pity. I wanted to improve my reputation (here) after I had false starts in 2007."

In the rarely contested women's 20,000, Dire Tune of Ethiopia targeted the world record of 1 hour, 5 minutes, 26.6 seconds set by Tegla Loroupe of Kenya in 2000 but finished well outside in 1:05:35.3.

"I think the pacemakers were not good enough. It was slow and it was very hard to run such a long track alone," Tune said.

Olympic silver medalist Maria Abakumova of Russia disappointed the crowd of some 22,000 by winning the women's javelin with a throw of 66.89 meters, beating Czech Olympic champion Barbora Spotakova, who was third with 65.92. Christina Obergfoell of Germany was second with 66.88.


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