DAEGU (Sporting Alert) — Usain Bolt began the defense of his sprint titles looking like a completely different sprinter from what we have been seeing in the build up to the championships.
The Jamaican sprint sensation had been struggling with his starts on the circuit, but looked like his old self in the heats of the 100m at the World Championships in Daegu, Saturday night.
Bolt shot from the blocks and then effortlessly separated himself from the rest of his competitors – including Dwain Chambers, who had to work hard for most of the race.
The world record holder easily clocked 10.10 seconds and then said afterwards that he’s back and was ready to defend his titles.
Three other Jamaican sprinters looked evenly good in winning their heats as well.
Yohan Blake ran 10.12 secs to win his heat, while training partners Nesta Carter and Michael Frater – who replace Steve Mullings and Asafa Powell – both won their respective races in 10.26secs.
Also winning on the night were former champion Kim Collins (10.13), France’s Christophe Lemaitre (10.14) and American Walter Dix (10.25).