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Bolt cruises to 9.81secs; anchors Jamaicans to win over USA in Zurich

By Wayne Anderson, World-Track

ZURICH —  World record holder Usain Bolt was back to business once again in Zurich when he eased to victory to win the men’s 100m.

Bolt, who collected three more gold medals and two world record in Berlin, last week, posted 9.81secs to beat countryman and former world record holder Asafa Powell, who finished second in 9.88.

“it was alright, I would say this was a shaky race," Bolt said after coming back to win the race. "My body was sitting at the start, I was a little bit tired through the race.

"But again, it’s alright. All things considered, the time is not bad. I need to pick up my speed as my body did not respond well to the race.”

American Darvis Patton was third in a 9.95 seasonal best, with U.S. champion Michael Rogers taking fourth in 9.98.

Bolt finished off the meeting with superb last leg to anchor Jamaican home to victory in the men’s 4x100m.

Collecting the baton some three metres behind American Wallace Spearmon, Bolt closed him down quickly before easing down to setup the Jamaican 37.70secs win.

The Americans were second in 37.73.

The Jamaican team was completed by Lerone Clarke, Michael Frater and Steve Mullings.

Meanwhile, In the men’s 400m race, world and Olympic champion LaSahwn Merritt continued his dominant form over the quarter-miler event, as he left former world number one Jeremy Wariner in his dust again.

Merritt clocked 44.21secs to win over Wariner, who was second in 44.62, while Trinidadian Renny Quow raced home late once again for third in 44.77.

Meanwhile, Kenenisa Bekele won the men’s 5000m in 12:52.32 to stay in contention for a share of the US $1 million jackpot prize.

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