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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Usain Bolt bouces back with 200m Diamond League win in Oslo

Six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt bounced back from a shock 100m defeat in Rome to ease to victory in the 200m at the Oslo Diamond League. The Jamaican's first outing over his favoured event was disrupted when Churundy Martina false started. On the restart, Bolt got out of the blocks well before pulling away in the final 50 metres to win in 19.79 seconds - the fastest time this year. Norway's Jasuma Saidy Ndure was second, ahead of Britain's James Ellington. Bolt, who is the only man to break the 20-second mark over 200m this season, arrived in Oslo having lost the 100m by one hundredth of second in Rome last week.
But the Jamaican demonstrated that there was no need to be concerned as he powered to victory at the Bislett Stadium. Bolt, who entered the stadium in a Formula 1 car, finished three hundredths of a second quicker than Frankie Fredericks of Namibia managed in 1996 to set a new Bislett record. Earlier, Britain's Tiffany Porter eased to victory in the women's 100m, comfortably finishing ahead of her nearest rivals in 12.76 seconds. "It wasn't my best time but I'm being optimistic and patient. The World Championships in Moscow is the big goal at this point," said the Briton.