Eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has run under 10 seconds for the first time this year to win the 100m at the Diamond League in Monaco.
Thank you Monaco 🙌🏽🙌🏽 pic.twitter.com/JCh6rVchIp— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) July 22, 2017
The Jamaican was slow out of the blocks, just as he was in his last race in Ostrava last month, and never managed to put a big gap between him and the field.
He clocked 9.95 seconds, three hundredths of a second ahead of American Isiah Young. South Africa’s Akani Simbine was third in 10.02
Before the meeting, Bolt was in Germany to have treatment on back issues that have troubled him for years.
The Olympic champion has confirmed he will run the 100m and 4×100m relay at the World Championships in London in August, his final event before retiring.
In the 400 metres, Wayde van Niekerk also faced a tougher race than expected.
The South African cruised past Botswana’s Isaac Makwala on the back straight before Makwala fought back pushing van Niekerk all the way to the line.
In the women’s 200m race, Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou comfortably won the race ahead of American Kyra Jefferson
IAAF Diamond League (@Diamond_League) July 21, 2017