Jamaican sprint blitz Usain Bolt charged to the world’s fastest wind-legal 100-metre time of the year at the Jamaican Athletics Championships at the weekend.
Bolt won in 9.86sec at the Kingston meeting, running into a 0.2m/sec headwind and easily accounting for rival Asafa Powell in the process. Powell placed second in 9.97sec.
Said Bolt, the Beijing Olympic double sprint champion: “I am feeling good and now looking forward to get into better shape.” Bolt, who took control of the race from the 50-meter mark, said the “run showed that I am getting back into shape.”
Earlier this month, Bolt clocked 9.77sec in Ostrava, Czech Republic but the following wind was stronger than the legal speed.
In the women’s 100m, Shelly-Ann Fraser showed she has recovered from her appendix surgery in April by posting 10.88, the fastest wind-legal time in the world this year, into a 1.5m/sec headwind.
Meanwhile the good form shown by South Africa’s 1,500m athletes gained further momentum with another two sub 3min 40sec performances in the Netherlands at the weekend.
Competing at the Mondo Keien meeting, Potchefstroom athletes Elroy Gelant and Mthombisi Baloyi clocked 3:38.59 and 3:39.81 respectively.
Gelant, 22, and Baloyi, 24 are both Potchefstroom based and their results saw the tally of South Africans below 3.40 move up to nine this year alone, more than any time in one year before.
Gelant had a previous best time of 3:40.80 while Baloyi’s stood at 3:40.06 sec.┬áAnother South African, Molefe Molefe took eighth in the same race, clocking 3:44.13.