By Gary Smith
Triple Olympic and World sprint double champion Usain Bolt sizzled to a stunning 19.56seconds to win the men’s 200m at the Jamaican International Invitational at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday night.
Bolt got off to rocket of a start – blasting to 10.10seconds for the first 100, before covering the final 100m in sub-9.50seconds to send the entire stadium to their feet.
The performance was the fourth fastest ever for the event. He holds the world record at 19.19secs.
American Wallace Spearmon finished second in 19.98secs, with Ryan Bailey third in 20.43.
Veronica Campbell-Brown dominated the women’s race as she eased home in a time of 22.60.
American Tyson Gay landed another impressive win over his regular distant when he won the men’s 400m in a flash time of 45.05seconds.
The World 2007 sprint double champion from Osaka, ran a well judged race and managed to hold off the strong finish of Jamaica’s Jermaine Gonzales, who posted 45.22 and Trinidadian defending champion Renny Quow – 45.64.
“I have been working hard and I am happy to be back,” Gonzales told reporters after his second place finish. “I just want to look forward from here.”
Novlene Williams-Mills opening with her fastest ever time and win the women’s race in 50.33. Kenia Sinclair won the women’s 800m in a meet record of 1:58.62.