March 14, 2015 / 8:33 PM / in 3 years

Bolt cruises to win in 400 meters race

(Reuters) - Jamaican Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt cruised to victory in his first individual race of the season, clocking 46.37 seconds over 400 meters at the GC Foster Classic in Kingston on Saturday.

Jamaica's Usain Bolt smiles shortly after crossing the finish line first, in his first race of the season during the Gibson Relays in Kingston February 28, 2015. REUTERS/Gilbert Bellamy

Bolt, the world record holder at 100 and 200 meters, used the race as part of his build-up for the upcoming season, where he plans to defend his sprint titles at the IAAF world championships in Beijing in August.

“Give thanks for an injury free 400m run,” Bolt, who was slowed by injuries last year, said on his Twitter account.

The six-time Olympic gold medalist came off the final curve comfortably ahead of the field and his time was slightly faster than his last effort at the distance, 46.44 seconds in 2013, but more than a second slower than his personal best of 45.28 in 2007.

In his only other race of the year, Bolt’s Racers Lions 4x100 meters relay team wound up second in the Gibson McCook Relays on Feb. 28.

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by Mark Lamport-Stokes

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