Bolt, Mills satisfied with 9.88s clocking at JN Racers Grand Prix

Bolt, Mills satisfied with 9.88s clocking at JN Racers Grand Prix

Work in progress

BY PAUL A REID Observer Writer

Monday, June 13, 2016

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Despite what sprint superstar Usain Bolt described as "a horrible start", the triple world record holder ran a season’s best 9.88 seconds (1.0m/s) to win the Men’s 100 metres at Saturday’s inaugural JN Racers Grand Prix at the National Stadium.

Bolt stumbled out of the blocks, but regained his composure to catch the strong field, and took the lead with about 10 metres to go, before dropping his long arms to cruise through the line as four Jamaican men ran under 10 seconds. They all set season best times.

While declaring he has "the formula for winning", Bolt admitted that his first race in front of a Jamaican crowd in about two years was not the best.

"[It] wasn’t a perfect race, but I still won and the good thing was I came out injury free.

"It’s all about execution sometimes and, even when you don’t get it, you have to be strong, stay composed and run through the line," he told reporters after the race where he was cheered on by a near-capacity stadium crowd.

Bolt’s coach Glen Mills said he would have to look on video replays of the race before he could give a proper analysis, but said the time would indicate that Bolt is in encouraging form.

"I would have to look at the race before I can comment," Mills told the Jamaica Observer. "But this is a good fillip for him, it means he is coming on. Last year we did not run this fast until later in the season, but this is a work in progress."

Asked specifically if Bolt was ahead of last year’s pace, Mills said "he is about the same pace as last year".

Last year, Bolt did not run under 10 seconds until late July, on his way to retaining his IAAF World Championships sprint double titles.

In only his second 100m for the season after battling respiratory issues a few weeks ago, Nickel Ashmeade was second in 9.94, the same time given to third-placed Yohan Blake. Asafa Powell, said to have been running with a tight calf, clocked 9.98 for his 94th clocking under 10 seconds.

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