Bolt, who holds the world records in the 100 and 200, was boosted by a solid start and cruised to an easy victory. But the wet track, marked by puddles, prevented him from challenging the world mark of 30.85 set by Michael Johnson at
Fellow Jamaican Jermaine Gonzales clocked 32.49 for second, and Jonathan Borlee of
The IAAF does not recognize the 300 world record as it was not at major events.
Bolt didn’t blame the rain for not setting a new record, and went on to explain that he was not in the sizzling form that he was in last year, and if he was he would have gotten the record.
He didn’t rule out giving the 300 another try to expand his sprint dominance.
But after his first competitive 300, Bolt didn’t look like he was in a rush to race another.
While the rain stopped briefly, Bolt’s countryman Asafa Powell led
On the way, Powell improved the best world time in the 100 yards to 9.07 seconds.
Powell broke the previous best of 9.21 set by Charlie Greene of the
Lerone Clarke was second in 10.18, and Dexter Lee third in 10.20.
The IAAF also doesn’t recognize 100 yards for world records as it was no longer at major events.
Bolt said he was impressed by Powell’s performance, and looked forward to racing him in the 100 at the Diamond League meet in
Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser, the women’s 100 world and Olympic champion, claimed the women’s 100 in 11.04, with Chandra Sturrup of the
American Kerron Clement, a two-time 400 hurdles world champion, used a strong finish to win in 48.69, edging
Olympic 110 hurdles champ Dayron Robles of Cuba, who set the world record of 12.87 seconds in Ostrava in 2008, crossed in 13.12 in heavy rain, with Petr Svoboda of the Czech Republic second in 13.55, and William Sharman of Britain third in 13.57.
Chaunte Howard Lowe of the
Yusuf Biwott of
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