Anniversary Games: Usain Bolt recovers from bad start to win 100m at Olympic Stadium

Last Updated: 27/07/13 12:01pm

  • Share:
Usain Bolt: Was not at his best but still a comfortable winner in the 100m

Usain Bolt: Was not at his best but still a comfortable winner in the 100m

Sky Bet

Usain Bolt celebrated his return to London's Olympic stadium with a convincing victory in the 100 metres at the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games.

The Jamaican, who won three gold medals at London 2012, overcame a sluggish start to race clear of the opposition and cross the line in a time of 9.85 seconds.

American Mike Rodgers was second in 9.98, with Bolt's compatriot Nesta Carter just one hundredth of a second further back in third position.

Although Bolt was clearly not at his best the performance was still his fastest of the year and shows his form is building ahead of next month's World Championships in Moscow.

Great Britain's newest sprint star James Dasaolu was unable to test himself against the world's fastest man, having to withdraw from the race as a precaution after feeling a tight hip flexor in the warm-up.

"The crowd here is unbelievable. They're wonderful. It's good to be back here. I've got a lot of love for this stadium and this crowd," Bolt said.

Confident

"I'm feeling good. It was nice to get the win and I'm confident going into Moscow."

He added: "(The start) was horrifying. I think I was just race rusty. I need to get a few races in. I think the rounds at the World Championships should help out just to get my legs freer get me a little bit lighter.

"I thought the last part of my race was pretty good, the first part was harder but that's normally Usain Bolt's race so I just need to work on a few things and I'll be all right."

While Bolt did not get close to his own world record, Ukrainian high jumper Bohdan Bondarenko attempted to beat the best mark of all time in his event.

Bondarenko won the competition with a height of 2.38m, but failed after raising the bar to 2.47m, which would have beaten Javier Sotomayor's world record by 2cm.

There was more sprint success for Jamaica in the 200m, with Warren Weir clocking a time of 19.89 to lead home compatriot Jason Young.

Elsehwere, Yarisley Silva of Cuba set a new Diamond League record as she cleared 4.83m to win the women's pole vault.

Reigning Olympic and world champion Kirani James took an easy win in the men's 400m in a time of 44.65

  • Share:

Related

London Anniversary Games

Hannah Cockcroft: romped to victory in the T33/34 100 metres

Cockroft among stars to shine

Several of the Paralympic stars of last summer have returned to the Olympic Stadium in triumph.

Usain Bolt: Claimed another success

Bolt shines in London relay

Sprinting hero Usain Bolt led the Racers Track Club to 4x100 metres relay victory at the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games.

Jessica Ennis-Hill: Expects to make decision in the next few days

Ennis-Hill undecided on Worlds

Jessica Ennis-Hill has cast new doubt on her participation at the forthcoming World Championships in Moscow.

Most Popular

Features

Fit for the fight

Fit for the fight

UFC fighter Conor McGregor has the aerobic capacity of a footballer, according to research.

Confidence key for Quillan

Confidence key for Quillan

Quillan Isidore tells Sky Sports about his desire to rediscover the confidence that saw him become a world champion.

Oldham out to impress

Oldham out to impress

With the Commonwealth Games little over two weeks away, we preview gymnast Sam Oldham's chances of gold in Glasgow.