Ostrava, Czech Rep. – On his second official outing for the season, Usain Bolt JAM, added victory number 2 to his season’s wining streak. Bolt, who clocked a season best of 9.82 at the Jamaica Invitational, said in an interview in Ostrava that he was hoping to run something close to 9.70 seconds in the Golden Spike World Challenge Meet. However, that was not to be.
The 100m race in Ostrava was not a fast race by today’s standards, especially with a false start by South African Simon Magakwe on the first gun. On the second gun, Bolt who did not look at his best, had to pump extra hard to come from behind and claim victory ahead of St, Kitts & Nevis’ Ambassador Kim Collins. The winning time of 10.04 was all Mr. Bolt could muster even as he dipped at the line.
Collins’ 10.19 seconds, is just 0.03 seconds faster than 3rd place finisher Darvis Patton of the United States, and 0.07 seconds faster than 4th place finisher and 2010 Commonwealth Champion, Lerone Clarke of Jamaica. Dwain Chambers of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was 5th with 10.28 seconds.
It is clear that the race was closely contested, as all the times were a fraction of a second of each other. But, with a field that stacked, one can only assume that there were circumstances beyond the control of the athletes. Ostrava is known to be windy and chilly, quite unfavorable conditions for athletes already use to a tropical climate for this time of the year. And, if we are certain of anything it is that Mr. Bolt will be more determined than ever to claim a new season best in his next 100m competition.
Bolt should make his 2012 Samsung Diamond League debut in Rome later this month and we can only sit and wait to see the outcome.
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