Bolt scorches 200m in Oslo
14 June 2013, 07:43
Oslo - Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt scorched to victory in
19.79 seconds in the 200m at the Oslo Diamond League meet on Thursday to
banish memories of his loss to Justin Gatlin in Rome last week.
first outing over his favoured event this season was disrupted with a
false start by Churandy Martina, the Dutchman running in the lane
outside the Jamaican disqualified.
With the temperature hovering
around a chilly 13 degrees Celsius, Bolt made an explosive start on the
second time of asking and was up on Sweden's Nil de Oliveira in the
outside lane within 10 paces.
As he rounded the bend, Norway's
Jaysuma Saidy Ndure briefly threatened from lane five, but teeth
clenched and at full tilt, Bolt destroyed the field in the final 40
metres to set a new meeting record.
Saidy Ndure finished second in 20.36sec, with Britain's James Ellington in third at 20.55.
"I'm very, very chilly!" Bolt said. "I was going to come out here and give my best and I did that. I'm very happy.
a very good start for my first 200m (of the season). I'll now go home
and work on everything else. I'll aim to go even faster."
Bolt, it was a return to business as normal after his 100m defeat by
Gatlin in the Italian capital, something the Jamaican had put down in
part to a tight hamstring.
He certainly showed no signs of that
as he powered past Namibian Frankie Fredericks' Bislett Stadium record
of 19.82sec set back in 1996.
In the build-up to the race, the
track announcer eschewed the usual reggae over the tannoy for some
hard-core dance music, to which the Bob Marley-loving Bolt threw a few
dance moves, to the delight of the shivering, sell-out crowd.
played up to the television cameras, pretending to style his hair
before rubbing his shoulders and blowing into cupped hands because of
the cold before proceeding to do some "robotics".
Fresh from just
his fifth defeat on the track since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the
imposing 26-year-old, also the world record holder in both sprint
events, switched on the afterburners in his drive phase to ensure a
comfortable win in his favoured event.
In clocking 19.79sec, Bolt
became the first male athlete to dip under 20 seconds for the 200m this
season, the perfect boost before heading home for his national trials
ahead of the August 10-18 World Athletics Championships in Moscow.
South Africa's Johan Cronje burst through in the closing stages to grab
ninth place in the men's Dream Mile at the Diamond League meeting in
Oslo, Norway, on Thursday night.
Cronje, the only South African competing at the Bislett Games, started slowly and was at the back of the field after two laps.
he produced a late charge to cross the line in three minutes, 54.86
seconds (3:54.86), missing his career best by 0.02 seconds.
Ayanleh Souleiman of Djibouti won the race in 3:50.53.
The next Diamond League meeting will be held in Birmingham, England, on June 30.
Results from the Diamond League Meeting Oslo:
1. Yousef Ahmed Masrahi (Saudi Arabia) 45.33
2. Ramon Miller (Bahamas) 45.58
3. Nigel Levine (Britain) 45.63
1. Conseslus Kipruto (Kenya) 8:04.48
2. Ezekiel Kemboi (Kenya) 8:07.00
3. Hillary Kipsang Yego (Kenya) 8:09.01
1. Gerd Kanter (Estonia) 65.52
2. Ehsan Hadadi (Iran) 64.63
3. Robert Urbanek (Poland) 64.58
1. Ivet Lalova (Bulgaria) 11.04
2. Murielle Ahoure (Cote D'Ivoire) 11.05
3. Mariya Ryemyen (Ukraine) 11.07 5000m:
1. Meseret Defar (Ethiopia) 14:26.90
2. Viola Jelagat Kibiwot (Kenya) 14:33.48
3. Genzebe Dibaba (Ethiopia) 14:37.68 400m Hurdles
1. Zuzana Hejnova (Czech Republic) 53.60
2. Perri Shakes-Drayton (Britain) 54.03
3. Dalilah Muhammad (U.S.) 54.33 Triple Jump:
1. Caterine Ibargueen (Colombia) 14.81
2. Olha Saladuha (Ukraine) 14.56
3. Anna Pyatykh (Russia) 14.16 Shot Put:
1. Christina Schwanitz (Germany) 20.10
2. Nadine Kleinert (Germany) 18.17
3. Natalia Duco (Chile) 18.00 Join in the conversation on our Facebook page. Also get the latest news by following us on Twitter.