“…And away they go, Bolt is up, and away and extremely well away, and on the outside is Yohan Blake. Here comes Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell is there, Usain Bolt comes through and eases up…”
“He stumbles at the start, 9.88 after stumbling, Yohan Blake was away like a rocket, Asfa Powell on his inside, Yohan Blake on the outside…”
The foregoing was the commentators call on how reigning World and Olympic champions Usain Bolt won the 100m race at the inaugural Racers Grand Prix held at the National Stadium.
Bolt’s win sent the cheering spectators into a frenzy as they witness for the first in a long time, a race among some of Jamaica’s top athletes together on Jamaican soil.
Bolt’s performance is certainly an indication that “the big man” is shaping up well to move to top form and peak condition.
He powered his way from behind to land the men’s blue ribband event in a season’s-best 9.88 seconds, two-hundredths of a second outside the world lead.
“The start was horrible, because I stumbled out the blocks, but I like how I finished strong,” said Bolt.
Nickel Ashmeade was second in 9.94 seconds with Yohan Blake third in a season’s-best also with 9.94 seconds and former world record holder Asafa Powell fourth in 9.98, also his season’s-best effort.
Kemar Bailey-Cole finished fifth in 10.00 seconds ahead of South African Akani Sim Bine with 10.01. Ramon Guttenberg of Barbados was seventh in 10.03 and veteran Michael Frater eighth in a decent 10.04 seconds.
Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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