By Brittney Chaple in Toronto, World-Track
TORONTO — The fastest man on earth, Usain Bolt destroyed a good looking field to win the men’s 100-metres on a cold rainy evening here at the Toronto Festival of Excellence meeting at 6,500 seated Varsity Centre Thursday.
9.25! Well, not quite.
The flash time for the Jamaican Olympic sprint hero was an eye-popping 9.25seconds, but after the revision was given 10.00secs in a -0.9 headwind. He was running in his first meet since running his 14.35seconds world best over 150m in Manchester on May 17.
Bolt’s victory was delayed by two false starts, which led to Bolt’s countryman Marvin Anderson being ejected.
"(The rain) threw me off a little bit, but not much. I’ve been there before," said Bolt.
"This is a part of the game, some day you have a good day, some day you have a bad day. I guess I’ll put this down as a bad day for me."
"It felt good, I think I should have done a little better. For me it’s all right, I got through it injury free so that’s a good thing," he added.
The time by Bolt equalled the third fastest this year, as he came home ahead of American Shawn Crawford, 10.25 and teammate Ivory Williams, 10.28.
Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt won the men’s 400-metres in an impressive 44.83secs to continue his undefeated running this season.
The American world-leader came home first ahead of Trinidad and Tobago’s Ato Stephens-Modibo, who finished second in 45.34 and Bahamian Andrae Williams (45.72).
The women’s race went USA’s Shana Cox with a time of 51.44. She finished in front of fellow countrywoman Monica Hargrove (51.56), while Bahamia’s Christine Amertil was third in 52.29.
Priscilla Lopes-Schliep won a very close women’s 100m hurdles in 12.86secs. She defeated teammate and former world champion Perdita Felicien (12.88), with American Damu Cherry third in 13.01.
Sally Kipyego of Kenya sped home to a world-leading four minutes and 29.64 seconds to take the women’s one mile run, improving the 4:37.54 set by American Amy Begley last month.
The second and third place finishers also went faster than the previous best for 2009.
Home favourite, Malindi Elmore of Canada ran 4:30.70 for second, while Serbia’s Marina Muncab was third in 4:33.16.
The meeting featured some 50 Olympians, with Bolt reportedly getting $250,000 for his appearance.