Bolt is back!
The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt notched yet another victory on Sunday, clocking 14.35 seconds for an exhibition 150-metre race in Manchester, England.
Albeit over a straight run rather than around a bend, Bolt’s time is by far the quickest time ever run for 150m.
The Jamaican, who was only passed fit┬á to run last week after a recent car crash, was given a bye into the final.
He covered the first 100m in 9.91 sec, which although well short of his record breaking 9.69 in Beijing was still impressive on an extremely damp temporary track constructed on Manchester’s Deansgate in the city’s centre.
Even better was his speed over what is termed ‘the flying 100’ – from 50-150m – which he covered in just 8.70 sec!
‘ It is one more to the tally,’ said Bolt about his victory, ‘ I thought I would just go out there and run a good time. I’m not in the best shape and I still have a lot of work to do but I am getting there.’
IAAF media consultant and BBC statistician Mark Butler confirmed that the previous fastest legal time in a 150m race was 14.8 sec by 1980 Olympic 200m champion Pietro Mennea of Italy who ran his time in Cassino, Italy on 22 May 1983.
Debbie McKenzie Ferguson, of the Bahamas, won the women’s race in 16.54 ahead of Olympic and World 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu, who finished in 17.10.