Baffled Bolt wins 200 in sluggish time

Sat Jun 13, 2015 4:19pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A baffled Usain Bolt ran his worst turn ever as he barely won the 200 meters at the Adidas Grand Prix meet in a sluggish 20.29 seconds on a warm, windy day at Randall's Island on Saturday.

Bolt was running into a stiff headwind of 2.8 meters per second that surely affected his time, but the six-time Olympic gold medal winner was bewildered by his sub-standard turn.

His time was more than a full second slower than his world record of 19.19.

The 28-year-old Jamaican, who also holds the world record in the 100 meters, failed to show his legendary runaway burst of speed and only just held off second-placed Zharnel Hughes of Anguilla, who timed 20.32.

"I'm not happy about my performance today. My turn was horrible, I don't know what happened," Bolt said. "My worst turn ever."

Bolt said the turn affected the rest of his race, run in front of a packed grandstand filled with fans from his homeland.

"After I came off the turn, I knew it wasn't going to be fast ... so I pretty much just wanted to get home. I didn't really stress it too much."

He had hoped to break 20 seconds in the race as he aimed to build toward this year's Beijing world championships in August after a 2014 season limited by injuries.   Continued...

Usain Bolt (C) of Jamaica crosses the finish line to win the 200m at the IAAF Diamond League Grand Prix track and field competition in New York June 13, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz