Bolt powers to 100m win at Golden Spike meet


May 21, 2016
Jamaica's Usain Bolt grimaces while crossing the finish line of the men's 100 metres event, at the Golden Spike athletic meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic yesterday.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt giving his now familiar pose after crossing the finish line first in the men's 100 metres at the Golden Spike athletics meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic yesterday.
File Day ..won women's 400m.
file Javon Francis ... won men's 400m.

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP):

Usain Bolt used his strong finish to win the 100 metres in 9.98 seconds at the Golden Spike meet yesterday. Bolt recovered from a slow start but pulled ahead in the second half of the race to breeze unchallenged to victory.

With the time, Bolt improved on his season's best of 10.05 in the Cayman Islands last Saturday. After that first race of the season, he needed treatment on a tight hamstring in Germany on the way to the Czech Republic.

He didn't appear to be limited yesterday though his time was still far from his world record of 9.58 in 2009.

"My reaction was good," Bolt said about the start. "The power behind the start wasn't there. I didn't execute."

Ahead of the race, he said he would be happy with a time of 9.8.

"I had to get to work a little bit harder at the end to get up the speed," Bolt said. "If I can improve that it should be OK."

Bolt is also scheduled to race in the London Diamond League meet on July 22 in his only other competition in Europe, two weeks before the Rio de Janeiro Games. Ramon Gittens of Barbados finished second in 10.21 while Hassan Taftian of Iran was third in 10.25.

The were two other Jamaican wins at the meet. Javon Francis won the men's 400 metres in 44.87 beating American Tony McQuay (45.17) and Pavel Maslak of the Czech Republic, 45.46.

Christine Day captured the women's 400 metres in 51.09, defeating Canada's Carline Muir (51.84) and American Jessica Beard who was third in 51.88.

Kaliese Spencer was second in the women's 400m hurdles in 55.43. The event was won by Poland's Joanna Linkiewicz in 55.40 with the Czech Republic's Zuzana Hejnova, the World Champion, finishing third in 55.69.

World Junior champion Jaheel Hyde fell in the men's 400m hurdles and ended up at the back of the field. South Africa's LJ van Zyl won the event in 48.67.

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