RIO DE JANEIRO — Usain Bolt sped to victory over 150 metres on a track set up at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, but missed breaking his world record time for the event.
The Jamaican speedster flashed to victory in a fast 14.42 seconds, but fell just short of his own world-best time of 14.35, set on the streets of Manchester in wet conditions in 2009.
The World record holder over 100m and 200m,
Bolt, who opened his season with a pair of defeats over 400 metres in Jamaica, was happy to finally go down in distance and he said he was satisfied with his opening sprint performance.
“It was my first sprint race, definitely a good start for the season,” Bolt told reporters after his win. “I’m looking forward to continuing and starting injury free.”
He added: “I’m looking forward to coming down here in 2016.”
Daniel Bailey of Antigua and Barbuda, who trains with Bolt in Kingston across the finishing line second in 14.88, with Brazilian sprinter Bruno Lins taking second in 14.91.
Bolt is known for breaking world records, having set three 100m world records and two over 200m since his breaking out season in 2008.
The Glen Mills-coached sprinter has won Olympic sprint double titles at the 2008 and 2012 Games and will be looking to make it three double-doubles in the individual events at the 2016 Olympics also in Rio.