Usain Bolt returned to form by winning the 100 metres in 9.87 seconds at the Diamond League meet in London’s Olympic Stadium yesterday.
After a poor start, the Jamaican struggled to break away from the pack but eventually edged Michael Rodgers of the United States by three hundredths of a second.
Kemar Bailey-Cole of Jamaica was third in 9.92 and appeared to have suffered an injury just before he crossed the line. Bolt equalled his season’s best of 9.87, which he recorded earlier yesterday in qualifying.
After struggling this season with a left leg injury, his fastest 100 time of the season before arriving in London was 10.12 seconds. With the World Championships in Beijing a month away, Bolt was pleased with his performance in cloudy conditions following heavy rainfall. “It was good for me, my last 50 was good,” Bolt said.
“When I got a really bad start, I kind of lost focus and I lost my form but at the last I got it back. “It taught me a lot. I just need to remember that even if I get a bad start, I have to focus on the work at hand and just get it done. I know I could have gone faster if I just got my start in.
I’ve been running fast in training but it is easy, you are under no pressure. It is all about getting race-ready,” said Bolt. Despite the win, Bolt was still being cautious.