KINGSTON, Jamaica (Sporting Alert) — Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt opened his quest to defend his titles in London with a world-leading 9.82 seconds performance to win the men’s 100m at the JN Jamaica International Invitational Meet at the National Stadium Saturday night.
Bolt, who looked in good form could have easily broken into the 9.7s, but opted to ease down across the finish line. Finishing second was Michael Frater, who ran 10.00secs, while Commonwealth Games champion Lerone Clarke was third in 10.03.
The women’s event went to the speedy Carmelita Jeter from the United States and she produced a world-leading mark of 10.81secs. Second place went to Trinidad and Tobago’s Kelly Ann Baptiste in 10.86, a new national record while Jamaica’s Kerron Stewart finished third with 10.98.
Yohan Blake topped the men’s 200m in 19.91secs. Nickel Ashmeade was second in 20.09 Warren Weir was third in 20.21, making 1-2-3 for the home country. Bianca Knight took the women’s 200m in 22.49secs.
Olympic champion Melaine Walker won the women’s 400m hurdles with a time of 55.28 seconds. The Jamaican, who is stepping up her preparation to try and defend her title in London later this summer, gothome ahead of American Tiffany Williams, who ran 55.80 and Jamaican Ristananna Tracey, who was third in 56.62.