Baffled Bolt wins 200 in sluggish time
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...