Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt, on Saturday night took back his rightful position, bearing his formidable status in the sprint. The six-time Olympic gold medalist ran the 200m in a world-leading 19.73secs- the fastest this year- down the track of the Stade de France at the 9th leg of the IAAF Diamond League meeting in the French capital.
Having arrived in a Citroen 2 CV convertible, Bolt was the man the most of the capacity crowd of more than 52,000 athletics fans had come to see and he lived up to his billing despite his usual slow response to the blast of the gun which saw him start the sprint as the second-slowest man in the field out of his blocks.
“I love Paris, I always feel wonderful here. As you see, I’m getting there,” said Bolt.
As expected, Bolt’s compatriot Warren Weir was close enough to compete for the top spot coming off the turn, but he bounced on his pedals and pulled away from the London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medalist down to the finish line.
Weir eventually finished second place in a remarkable 19.92secs, the third-fastest time of his career, while France’s Christophe Lemaitre finished third in a season’s best of 20.07.
“I still need to work hard on a few mistakes, my coach will determine what exactly it will be. It’s all building up towards a great World Championships,” added Bolt who was heavily criticised before and after losing the 100m to Justin Gatlin in the Rome Gala meeting.