Bolt in World Champs zone

July 27, 2017
Jamaica's Usain Bolt poses with a trophy during the podium ceremony at the IAAF Diamond League Athletics meeting at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco, last Friday

 

MONTE-CARLO (CMC):

Sprint legend Usain Bolt is now focused exclusively on the August 4-13 World Championships where he will run the 100 metres and the sprint relay.

The World and Olympic double sprint champion lowered the curtain on a glittering Diamond League career last Friday when he conjured a season-best to win the 100 metres in Monaco.

Bolt, who will retire following next month's IAAF World Championships in London, emerged from a typically slowly start to motor through the last 50 metres and edge impressive American Isiah Young in 9.95 seconds.

Despite finishing a mere three hundredths of a second ahead of Young, Bolt said afterwards he was pleased with his progress but was already missing the atmosphere of competition.

"It was good. I'm going into right direction, still lot of work to do," the Jamaican said.

 

Mixed emotions

 

"I'm always here for the fans, and of course I will miss the vibe around the track. There are mixed emotions always - happy for my career, sad that it is ending.

"Running sub-10 is always good. It was an exciting race, lots of energy. I'm planning to chill after London with my family but I'm not sure what will be my next plan after this season."

The time was Bolt's 53rd of his career and he needed it in order to get the better of Young at the Stade Louis II. Young clocked 9.98 to finish a close second while South African star Akani Simbine was third in 10.02.

Running out of lane four, Bolt was away slowly as Young in lane two eased to a small lead, with Simbine in lane five also challenging.

It was only in the last few metres that Bolt managed to separate himself from the field as Young continued to press him.

Bolt's season had been under a cloud, plagued by poor times in his only two races this year and a back injury which forced him to travel to Germany to seek attention.

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