Usain Bolt wins an easy victory in 200m re­turn

The China Post - - SPORTS -

World 100- and 200-me­ter record-holder Usain Bolt com­peted in his first 200-me­ter race in 20 months Satur­day, post­ing an easy victory with a time of 20.20 sec­onds on home soil in Ja­maica.

Bolt raced un­chal­lenged off the curve at the UTech Clas­sic event in Kingston and cruised down the home­stretch for the win over Olympic team­mate Nesta Carter, who fin­ished sec­ond in 20.60.

Bolt was dis­ap­pointed he failed to run un­der 20 sec­onds — his world record is 19.19 sec­onds — and said he would have to look at the video to see how he can gain more speed.

“It wasn’t the per­fect race so I will have to go back and look to see what to im­prove on,” said Bolt of his first 200m since win­ning the fi­nal at the 2013 Moscow World Cham­pi­onships.

“It didn’t feel as smooth as I am used to, but I just need to run more races to get race sharp.”

Bolt’s next race is a 100m in Rio on April 19, as he gears up for the Bei­jing World Cham­pi­onships later this year.

He will also com­pete in the New York Di­a­mond League meet on June 13, his first race in the Big Ap­ple since 2008.

Bolt set his first world record in win­ning the 100m in 9.72 sec­onds in 2008 and since then has won six Olympic gold medals, eight world cham­pi­onship ti­tles and smashed world records sev­eral times over.

The 28-year-old Bolt missed the ma­jor­ity of last year with in­juries, which al­lowed Amer­i­can Justin Gatlin to dom­i­nate the men’s sprint events.

To get ready for the Worlds, which take place Au­gust 22-30, Bolt plans to race in Paris on July 4 and Lau­sanne five days later.

Also on Satur­day, Elaine Thomp­son ran the best time of the year so far in the women’s 100m, clock­ing 10.92 sec­onds.

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