Bolt stumbles to victory in 9.88 seconds

Sun Jun 12, 2016 12:33am EDT
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By Kayon Raynor

KINGSTON (Reuters) - Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt sounded a strong warning to his rivals for the Rio Games by winning the 100 metres at the Racers Grand Prix in Kingston in 9.88 seconds on Saturday after recovering from a stumble.

Bolt clocked the second fastest time of the year behind Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut's 9.86 and despite the bad start the six-time Olympic champion caught up with the strong field, which included Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell, at 60 meters with time to ease up in the last five meters.

"I'm happy I got a season best. It was not a perfect race but I was able to win," Bolt said after the race.

Nickel Ashmeade and Blake were second and third respectively in 9.94, while Powell finished fourth in 9.98 seconds.

"I almost fall over... all I was trying to control it (start) but it's just one of those things it comes, it goes," Bolt said.

"I think I dragged my foot too hard so it kind of propelled me forward and then I just tried to correct myself, not try to panic and just make my way through."

Bolt said his time will put him in a good place ahead of Jamaica's trials, starting June 30.

"It means that I'm in very good nick. As I said the more I run the faster I'll get, the smoother my running will become and take it from there," he said.   Continued...

Jamaica's Usain Bolt competes in the men's 100m race. REUTERS/David W Cerny