Fast start! Bolt clocks world-leading 9.82 at JII Meet

DESPITE two false-starts that he said might have somewhat slowed his
star, double world record-holder Usain Bolt made a successful, if
somewhat easy start to his competitive season, cruising to a
world-leading 9.82 seconds clocking to win the 100 metres at yesterday’s
ninth JN Jamaica International Invitational at the National Stadium.
After having to wait through the false-starts and the subsequent
hold-ups, Bolt got into his strides quickly to get to the finish line
well ahead of Michael Frater,10.00, and Lerone Clarke, 10.03, running
out of lane one.

Bolt’s Racers TC training partner, Yohan Blake, had run the previous world leader, 9.90, three weeks ago at the UTech Classic.
Even with the false-starts, all eight men completed the race as the
starter showed the green card, signaling no fault on the runners, while
one the second pick, Trinidad’s Richard Thompson was disqualified, but
returned to the race, running under protest.
Bolt told the throng of reporters from all over the world after the race that he was pleased with his first outing.
“9.82 seconds is not bad as it is a much better start than last year, which tells me that I’m in better shape now,” he said.
He admitted there were some mistakes in the race and said he would
address them later with Coach Glen Mills, but added that he felt he was
ready for his next outing, which will be in Ostrava.
Meanwhile, American Carmelita Jeter won her third straight women’s 100m
title, clocking a world-leading 10.81 seconds to break the meet record
of 10.86 she set last year.
Jeter, who came into the meet with the world-leading 200m time, said
she was happy for the time, but felt she “was not as aggressive” in the
first part as she should have been.
Trinidad’s Kelly Ann Baptiste was second in 10.86, while Jamaica’s Kerron Stewart was third in 10.98.
World and Olympic champion Melaine Walker clocked 55.28 seconds to win
the women’s 400m hurdles and said despite “making some mistakes”
shuffling between hurdles and “almost falling down” at one stage, she
was happy with her first run over the barriers this season.
Walker’s time is the fourth best in the world so far and she says she
hopes to run under 55 seconds next weekend in Doha, Qatar.
American Tiffany Williams was second in 55.80, with Jamaican Ristananna
Tracey third in 56.62 in only her second hurdles race this season.
World leader Bershawn Jackson of the USA got off to a fast start and
held on to win in 48.73 seconds ahead of Trinidad’s 2010 IAAF World
Junior champion Jehue Gordon- 48.98 seconds and Jamaican national
champion Leford Green- 49.08 seconds in his first outing this season.
World University Games champion Carrie Russell continued her good season
with an Olympic ‘A’ qualifying standard 11.26 seconds clocking to win
the Olympic Development women’s 100m race ahead of top junior Anthonique
Strachan of the Bahamas, 11.39, with Deandre Whithorne of Racers third
in 11.79.
Julian Forte of UTech, who is expected to be on the Jamaica team to the
IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain later this year, won
the Men’s Olympic Development 200m in a personal best 20.56, pushed by a
wind 1.5 metres per second wind, just outside the Olympic ‘A’
qualifying standard of 20.55.
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