Bolt wins 100m in Rio but unhappy with performance

Sun Apr 19, 2015 12:39pm EDT
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By Andrew Downie

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Usain Bolt cruised to victory in a sprint challenge on Sunday but the Jamaican world record holder declared himself unhappy with his performance in his first 100 meters of the season.

Bolt pulled away from Ryan Bailey over the last 30 meters to finish in 10.12 seconds, 0.12 seconds clear of the American Olympian.

Brazilian Jose Carlos Moreira was third in 10.51 and Churandy Martina of the Netherlands was fourth in 10.53.

"I think it was poor execution overall," Bolt said. "I am sure my coach isn't going to be too happy. The good thing is that I won."

The race, at Rio de Janeiro's horse-racing track in specially assembled lanes, was literally a walk in the park for the six-time Olympic gold medal winner.

With the iconic statute of Christ the Redeemer behind him, Bolt clowned around on the starting line but was more serious in his post-race assessment.

"Overall I didn't feel myself, but I think it is just lack of races, he said. "It will take time for me to get back to my best so I just need to run more and I'll be OK."

"This is always my first race of the season so it is not going to be as fast as everyone wants it to be."   Continued...

Jamaican Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt (3) runs against Jose Carlos Moreira of Brazil (1), Ryan Bailey of the U.S. (2) and Churandy Martina (4) of the Netherlands in the "Mano a Mano" challenge, a 100-meter race in Rio de Janeiro April 19, 2015. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes