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Bolt races to year’s fastest 200m time

Global Times (2013-07-08 P31)
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Jamaica's Usain Bolt competes to win the men's 200 meters at the Paris Diamond League on Saturday. Photo: AFP

Jamaica's Usain Bolt competes to win the men's 200 meters at the Paris Diamond League on Saturday. Photo: AFP


Olympic champion Usain Bolt sent out a warning to his rivals ahead of the world championships by running the fastest time of the year to win the 200 meters at the Paris Diamond League on Saturday.

The world record holder eased to the line in 19.73 bettering American Tyson Gay's world lead by 0.01 seconds and then said there was more to come.

"I came out to try and execute the best I could. I did a few things wrong but all I have to do is go back to the drawing board and get it right," Bolt, who was dogged by a hamstring injury earlier in the season, told a news conference.

"I lost one 100 meters and a lot of people are making a big deal out of it, and it doesn't really bother me," the Jamaican said in reference to his defeat by Justin Gatlin in Rome last month.

"I am a championship person; I'm not worried, as long as I'm in great shape."

Home favorite Christophe Lemaitre, who won the world bronze two years ago, finish third in 20.07 with Jamaica's Olympic bronze medalist Warren Weir second in 19.92.

Twice Olympic 100 meters champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce held off Nigeria's fast-finishing Blessing Okagbare for a thrilling win in 10.92 seconds, 0.01 ahead of her rival who beat her over 200 a week before.

There was a world leading time of 14:23.68 for Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba in the 5,000 meters as she bids for a third world title over the distance in Moscow next month before turning to the marathon.

Fellow Ethiopian Almaz Ayana stunned the crowd by taking second place in 14:25.84, smashing her personal best by more than 26 seconds and becoming the sixth fastest woman of all time.

Olympic and world champion Kirani James produced a superb effort to win the 400 meters with a world leading time of 43.96 seconds, the second quickest of his career. LaShawn Merritt of the US was second in 44.09.

Aries Merritt, 110 hurdles world record holder, showed he was starting to run into form following a hamstring injury, with victory in 13.09.

France's Mahiedine Mekhissi gave the home crowd something to cheer about with a European record of 8:00.09 in the 3,000 meters steeplechase but the twice Olympic silver medalist still finished second to London 2012 champion Ezekiel Kemboi who won with a world leading time of 7:59.03.

Kenyan Kemboi seemed more excited by Mekhissi's performance than his own, pulling the Frenchman off the floor after the finish to celebrate with him.

France's Renaud Lavillenie, who became Olympic champion last year but is still seeking his first world crown, won the pole vault with a meeting record of 5.92 meters.

Reuters - Global Times
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