Sluggish Usain Bolt Wins in Rome Return

27 May 2011

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Bolt labours to 100m Diamond League win


World 100m record holder, Usain Bolt, returned to the track after a near 10-month absence with victory at the Diamond League meeting in Rome, reports the BBC.

But it was a rather lacklustre display by the colourful Jamaican's own standards, winning in 9.91 seconds.

Bolt was slow out of the blocks but found his rhythm in the second 50m to edge past compatriot Asafa Powell, who ran 9.93, in the final few metres.

French European champion, Christophe Lemaitre crossed third, in 10.00.

The race was Bolt's first since 6 August last year, when he was beaten by Tyson Gay in Stockholm, after which back and Achilles tendon problems brought an early end to the triple Olympic and World champion's season.

"I am not sure Bolt will be too happy with that," said BBC Sport commentator Steve Cram. "He was poor out of the blocks even if he did pick up towards the finish.

"He is definitely going to have to go away and work hard on that. By his very high standards you could almost call it average. I have no doubt there is more to come from him."

"But if Tyson Gay was watching, he would be pretty pleased and thinking 'Bring it on'."

Bolt, who is the fastest man ever in 9.58, a time he set at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, has now beaten former world record holder Powell in nine of their 10 meetings.

"Asafa Powell froze again when it looked like a great victory was his to be had," added Cram. "He has done that before when the field starts coming towards him, and you could see him tie up."

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