Friday, August 24, 2012

Bolt enjoys Swiss 200m stroll

By Simon Turnbull

Usain Bolt was as good as his word. Two weeks on from the completion of his back to back Olympic sprint double in London, the Jamaican sprinter arrived in Lausanne saying his priority was "to put on a good show" rather than chase any records.

The Lightning Bolt did just that in the Athletissima Diamond League meeting on the shores of Lake Geneva last night, adding a spot of air guitar to his pre-race routine. The crowd in the Pontaise Stadium loved it, then settled down to watch the No 1 attraction in track and field produce what was – by his galactic standards – a Swiss stroll of a run.

There was never any likelihood of Bolt threatening his 200m world record of 19.19sec in his first race since the Olympic Games, which he finished with a third gold medal (making it six from two Games) after Jamaica's world record flourish in the 4x100m relay. Thus it proved.

Two days on from his 26th birthday, Bolt had the race effectively in the bag as he entered the home straight and he proceeded to make 19.58sec look like a relative jog. Churandy Martina of the Netherlands was the runner-up in 19.85sec, with Bolt's compatriot Nickel Ashmeade third in 19.94.

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