By Howard Walker Observer senior reporter firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday, June 12, 2016
The incomparable Usain Bolt brought the house down at the inaugural JN Racers Grand Prix at the National Stadium last night with a scintillating 9.88-second clocking to win the 100m, while Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce proved that she is back, winning in a season’s best 11.09 seconds.
|Bolt Wins in 9.88 secs|
Bolt, drawn between Asafa Powell and Yohan Blake, walked out of the blocks, catched the field after 50 metres and eased home to his season-best 9.88 seconds with a wind of (+1.0 m/s). It was an awesome and ominous display by the legendary Bolt as he chases immortality at the upcoming Rio Olympics in Brazil. The effortless manner in which he dismissed the world-class field suggested that he is ready to defend his Olympic title.
But the superstar was wary of his shaky start.
“The start was horrible, because I stumbled out the blocks, but I like how I finished strong,” said Bolt.
Nickel Ashmeade was second in 9.94, the same as third-placed Yohan Blake, while Asafa Powell was fourth in 9.98 seconds. Kemar Bailey-Cole finished fifth in 10.00 seconds ahead of South African Akani Sim Bine with 10.01. Ramon Guttenberg of Barbados was seventh in 10.03 and veteran Michael Frater eighth in a decent 10.04 seconds.
Fraser-Pryce, who was bothered by a toe injury, didn’t get her usual bullet start, but had enough to hold off American World Indoor 60m champion Barbara Pierre, who was second in 11.11 (+0.6) with Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago third in 11.15 seconds.
Jamaica’s Gayon Evans and Remona Burchell were fourth and fifth with the identical 11.24 seconds clocking. American Carmelita Jeter was sixth with 11.26 seconds.
Earlier, Calabar’s 16-year-old schoolboy Christopher Taylor left it too late and was second in the men’s 400m ‘A’ race in 45.66 seconds. Despite the urging from the crowd, Taylor failed to peg back Delano Williams of Great Britain, who won in 45.50 seconds. Jonia McDonald was third in 46.01 seconds ahead of Chumaine Fitten in fourth with 46.45. more