Jamaican sprint sensation runs fastest 100 meters in the world this year.
Usain Bolt, the reigning Olympic gold medalist in the 100 and 200 meters who has been out of action recently with an achilles injury, returned to the track in a big way at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland on Thursday night.
The world record holder in both the 100 and 200 meters from Jamaica left no doubt that he’s still the fastest man on two feet, running a world-leading 9.82 seconds to win the 100 meters in convincing fashion. Finishing behind Bolt was his countryman, Yohan Blake, who crossed the finish line in 9.96 seconds.
In other action from the mid-week meeting, American Walter Dix impressed in the 200 meters, posting the only sub-20 second clocking of the night to win in 19.86 seconds. David Rudisha of Kenya continued his season-long dominance in the men’s 800 meters, winning yet another two-lapper in a quick 1:43.25 to lead three men under 1:44. Rudisha’s arch rival and defending world champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi of South Africa placed second in 1:43.58, 39 one-hundreths of a second in front of Kenya’s Alfred Yego in third. In the men’s 1,500 meters, Nicholas Kemboi of Kenya won easily in 3:31.52, while his countryman, Brimin Kipruto, claimed victory in the the steeplechase with a world-leading time of 8:01.62.
On the women’s side, Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot won a tight women’s 3,000 meters in 8:34.58, upsetting pre-race favorite Meseret Defar of Ethiopia, who finished third in 8:36.09. In the 1,500 meters, Ethiopia’s Gelete Burka was one of two women who broke 4 minutes, running 3:59.28 to edge out Morocco’s Btissam Lakhouad by seven one-hundreths of second. American Morgan Uceny ran a personal best of 4:02.40 to finish fifth in the 12-woman field.
In all, there were eight world-leading performances posted on Thursday night — six on the track and two in the field. The Diamond League returns to action on Saturday at the Gateshead meeting in Great Britain.
For complete results, visit the Lausanne meeting’s website at DiamondLeague.com.