Usain Bolt wins 100m in Ostrava – Golden Spike
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) — Usain Bolt won the 100 meters in 10.04 seconds in the wind at the Golden Spike meet Friday, his first victory in Europe leading to the London Olympics.
The Jamaican had a slow start but pulled ahead in the final meters. He failed to improve his season best of 9.82 from a May meet in Jamaica. Kim Collins of St. Kitts and Nevis finished second in 10.19, followed by Darvis Patton of the U.S. in 10.22.
“It’s hard to explain,” Bolt said. “I don’t really know what went wrong.”
Before the race, Bolt said he was working on his notoriously slow start in hopes of bettering his world records in the 100 and 200 in London. Bolt won three gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games.
“At the start I didn’t feel as explosive as I normally feel like,” he said.
This was Bolt’s sixth competition in Ostrava.
“I was looking to come here for a good time. I guess it’s one of those days,” he said. “I just never got going.”
The runners had to start twice after Simon Magakwe false started. That was something familiar for Bolt, who failed to defend the world championship title in the 100 in Daegu, South Korea after he was disqualified for a false start.
But Bolt said that was not a problem for him in Ostrava.
“I did some starts and I was flying from the blocks so I said, Yeah this is good.’ I can’t tell you what happened.”
Bolt will have another chance to lower his times in Diamond League meets in Rome on May 31 and Oslo, Norway, on June 7 before returning to Jamaica for the national trials.
In the meantime, he said he will seek advice from his coach.
“I have to look at the tape and see what went wrong and call my coach to explain to me what I did wrong,” he said.
He plans to be back in Europe to run in the 200 at the Diamond League meet in Monaco on July 20, his last race before the Olympics start a week later.