OSTRAVA, Czech Republic — World sprint icon Usain Bolt powered to victory in the men’s 100 metres with a time of 9.98 seconds at the Golden Spike IAAF World Challenge meeting in Ostrava on Friday.
The Jamaican world record holder got away to a slow start, but used his superior stride length to make up the grounds before pulling away from the field in the second half of the race to open up a gap.
Bolt, despite the win, was a little disappointed with the time, as he was hoping to run close to 9.8 seconds on his 8th appearance at the meeting.
The six-time Olympic champion was making his second appearance of the season – his first in Europe – following his 10.05 performance at the Cayman Islands Invitational on Saturday.
Meanwhile, his fellow countryman Javon Francis also used a strong finish to take the men’s 400m in 44.87 secs.
USA’s Tony McQuay ran 45.17 for second, with Pavel Maslak (CZE) got third in 45.46.
Jeremy Wariner had a very poor race and faded down the track – finishing fifth in 46.21.