Blistering Bolt and Farah win with ease
Usain Bolt blew away any fears about his fitness and fired a major warning to Justin Gatlin as he blasted to his two fastest 100 metres of the year on his return to the Olympic Stadium last night.
His pal Mo Farah was cheered to the rafters by the Olympic Stadium crowd as he won his first race in Great Britain since the doping allegations engulfing his coach surfaced in imperious fashion.
The double Olympic champion, back at the venue where he claimed his most famous victories, received a rousing reception from the moment he took to the track for the 3,000 metres to crossing the line in seven minutes 34.66 seconds.
The 32-year-old hit the front with two-and-a-half laps to go before striding away down the home straight to claim a commanding triumph at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games.
World’s fastest man Bolt, on his first outing for six weeks following a pelvic injury, clocked 9.87 seconds twice, to win his heat and then the final at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games.
The Jamaican stated on the eve of the meeting he had no worries about his shape a month out from the World Championships in Beijing and proved true to his word on the track where he won three Olympic gold medals at London 2012.
His run in the heat was smoother than the final, but he could take further heart from the fact both were into headwinds and in far from ideal conditions.
The six-time Olympic champion had to work hard after a poor start in the final, beating American Mike Rodgers by just 0.03secs.
“Overall, it was a good run. My start was really poor. My coach keeps telling to me relax. I want to run faster and it is getting there.
“The first race was very smooth and I was very happy with what I did. In the final, I got a bad start and it all went downhill from there.
“It is hard work and dedication. I just need to keep pushing myself. I feel pretty good. If I continue to work on my start, it will all be good. I really love this crowd and I enjoy competing here. One of my most favourite moments was the 200m in London in 2012.”
And there was also a sub 10-second clocking from Great Britain’s Chijindu Ujah, who equalled his personal best by finishing fourth in 9.96s.
The torrential rain had eased a little by the time Bolt took to the track for his heat and was gone by the final, but these were still tough conditions in which to produce a performance which would have world number one Gatlin, the two-time drug cheat not invited because of his past, sitting up and taking notice.
Bolt, though, managed it even though he had the worst reaction time of the sprinters in the final.