ROME (Sporting Alert) — Usain Bolt promised to deliver in Rome and that he did, following his world-leading performance to win the men’s 100-metres dash at the latest IAAF Diamond League meeting on Thursday.
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Bolt, who had his fans worried after his low-key 10.04 seconds performance in Ostrava, last week, had those same supporters jumping again when he destroyed a solid field to win in a world-leading 9.76 seconds.
The time, which bettered his own year best of 9.82, is the eighth fastest of all-time and was also done in a slight headwind.
It was also the third time Bolt was achieving this same mark, after introducing himself to the world as a 100m runner in Kingston, in 2008 and in Bruxelles, last year.
Bolt, the sprint double world record holder, easily defeated his fellow countryman Asafa Powell, who posted his second fastest time of the year, at 9.91.
France’s national record holder Christophe Lemaitre was third in 10.04, with Kim Collins of St. Kitts and Nevis also running his fastest for 2011 with his 10.05 for fourth place.
Bolt won the sprint double at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.