Bolt, Blake beaten at UWI Invitational
KINGSTON, Jamaica (Sporting Alert) — Usain Bolt was beaten over 400 metres at the UWI Track and Field Invitational held at the UWI/Usain Bolt Track in Mona on Saturday.
The triple Olympic gold medallist ran 46.44 second to improve on his seasonal best, but had to settle for second place behind Nicholas Maithland, who won the race in 45.79secs.
Bolt, who will seek to repeat his performances from the London Olympics this summer at the IAAF World Championships where he banged the 100m and 200m sprint double, had clocked 46.71secs in his season opener at the Camperdown Classic in February.
Meanwhile, Yohan “Beast” Blake, the training part of Bolt was also second in his heat in a time of 46.33. Allodin Fothergill won the heat in 46.24 with former NCAA champion Ricardo Chambers taking third in 46.76.
Blake, the world 100m champion, won two silver medals in the short sprints at the London Games before running the third leg on the Jamaica world record breaking 4x100m relay team.
In the women’s race, two-time Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce crossed the finishing line in 5th place, after running 56.63secs.
Quarter-mile specialist Rosemarie Whyte won the event in 52.34secs, beating Fraser-Pryce’s teammate Sherone Simpson, who ran 53.65 and Bobbie-Gaye Wilkins (53.76).