Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt was evidently disappointed at his sub-10 time in just his second run of the year
Usain Bolt clocked his first sub-10 time of the season as he ran away as clear winner at the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava on Friday (May 20).
The Jamaican six-time Olympic champion had suggested he was in 9.8 form before the race at the IAAF World Challenge meeting, but crossed the line with a grimace of frustration across his face as the clock showed 9.99 before being rounded down to 9.98 for a season’s best.
The world record-holder got out of the blocks well but took until around the 50-metre mark before opening up a characteristically big lead and crossing the line clear of Barbadian Ramon Gittens (10.21) in second and Iran’s Hassan Taftian (10.25) in third.
Decathlon Olympic and world champion Ashton Eaton was due to start the race but withdrew with a hamstring complaint after finishing fourth in the long jump earlier in the day; a competition won by Germany’s Paralympic champion Markus Rehm with 8.13m as he solidified his status among the very best long jumpers in the world.
James Ellington continued his impressive start to his 2016 season as he won the 200m in 20.35 – just 0.04 off his lifetime best set in April.
The Brit, whose personal best over the distance prior to 2016 was 20.42, held a lead into the home straight and had the strength to hold off Greece’s Likourgos-Stefa Tsakonas who ran a season’s best of 20.36.
Jamaican 21-year-old Javon Francis won the men’s 400m, overhauling Tony McQuay to win in 44.87 from the American’s 45.17, while Britain’s European champion Martyn Rooney ran a season’s best of 45.78 for fourth in his second race of the year. Christine Day of Jamaica won the women’s 400m in 51.09.
A British trio of Lawrence Clarke, William Sharman and David Omoregie started in the 110m hurdles which was won by US hurdler Jarret Eaton in 13.25. Clarke finished third in a season’s best of 13.57 behind Jeff Porter (13.42) in second while Sharman (13.74) and Omoregie (13.93) finished in seventh and eighth.
Home favourite Zuzana Hejnova suffered in the home straight of the 400m hurdles and was run into third place by Joanna Linkiewicz (55.40) of Poland and Jamaica’s Commonwealth champion Kaliese Spencer (55.43), while LJ van Zyl of South Africa won the men’s race in 48.67.
Germany’s 19-year-old European junior cross-country champion Konstanze Klosterhalfen was a surprise winner in the women’s 1500m, showing confidence to go with the pacemakers and hold off the chasing field in the home straight to win in a time of 4:06.25. Britain’s 2011 world silver medallist Hannah England finished seventh in 4:11.25.
Fellow German Thomas Rohler produced a world-leading 87.37m throw to win the men’s javelin in a competition which saw world champion Julius Yego finish back in fifth, albeit with a season’s best 81.10m effort.
World pole vault record-holder and Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie cleared a 5.83m season’s best to beat world champion Shawn Barber in second (5.70m), while in the women’s competition, world champion Yarisley Silva was beaten on count-back by Czech Republic’s Jirina Ptacnikova, with both having cleared 4.60m.
Filip Sasinek gave the home crowd a win with the final event on the track, claiming victory in the 1500m in 3:36.32, with Germany’s Timo Benitz (3:36.40) and Britain’s Chris O’Hare (3:36.58) finishing just behind in second and third respectively.
The women’s 3000m saw a meeting record of 8:38.55 set by the world 10,000m bronze medallist from Moscow, Belaynesh Oljira of Ethiopia.