Jamaican rounding into prime form for the summer.
Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt had a very slow start but made up for it in winning the 100m at the Ostrava (Czech Republic) Golden Spike meeting in an event record time, and world leading, 9.77 seconds. Bolt says it was the “second worst start of my life,” which bodes well for him considering it was the fifth fastest clocking of his career. With a clean start and increased fitness there is little doubt Bolt will be on fire come August, when the World Championships will be held in Berlin.
A world record attempt by Ethiopian Dire Tune came up short in the women’s 20,000m run, as her time of 1:05:35.3 was just 9 seconds shy of Tegla Laroupe’s standard. New world number two all-time 10,000m performer Meselech Melkamu (14:34.17) of Ethiopia took down Kenyan Linet Masai (14:34.36) in the women’s 5000m, just three days after her breakout 10,000m effort.
In men’s competition, Kenyan David Rudisha took the title in the highly competitive men’s 800 with a winning time of 1:44.09 and fellow countryman Ezekiel Kemboi (8:09.55), Brimin Kipruto (8:09.95) and Paul Koech (8:10.22) swept the men’s 3000m steeplechase. Cuban Dayron Robles validate his number one world ranking in winning the 110m hurdles in a season best 13.04 seconds.
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