Bolt blazes the track in Zurich
ZURICH – Usain Bolt added another 100 metres victory to his name after taking the honours in the Zurich meeting of the Diamond League in Switzerland today.
The Jamaican claimed three gold medals at the World Championships earlier in the month, and up against Britain’s Adam Gemili and Justin Gatlin, the man who beat Bolt in Rome in June, Bolt began extremely slowly at the Letzigrund Stadium but put on the afterburners to take the win ahead with a time of 9.90seconds. Bolt’s team-mate Nickel Ashmeade (9.94) came in second while American Gatlin was third in 9.96. seconds.
The other Jamaicans in the race Nesta Carter and Kemar Bailey-Cole were sixth and seventh respectively. Gemili finished in eighth but the Briton recorded his season’s best time with a 10.06secs, and after the run he said: “A season’s best and nearly a personal best so I’m happy. It feels great and a learning experience.”
World 400 metres champion LaShawn Merritt once again got the better of Olympic champion Kirani James. Unlike in Moscow where James was well off the pace and left behind by Merritt, the pair were side-by-side down the straight to the finish, but Merritt had enough to take the win.
Britain’s Shara Proctor meanwhile claimed victory in the women’s long jump and was crowned Diamond Race champion, jumping 6.88 metres.
The United States 4X100m relay team ran a swift 41.67 seconds to take the Zurich Trophy and the Diamond League record while Jamaica’s team made up of Carrie Russell, Kerron Stewart, Natasha Morrison and anchored by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were second in 41.78, followed by Ukraine in 42.71 seconds.
Fraser-Pryce, getting the baton after the US anchor made a valiant chasing effort but had to settle for second as the US held the lead to win.
The next Diamond League meet will be in Brussels, Belgium on September 6, 2013.