Lightning Bolt Strikes His Quickest 100m Time Of 2013 in London.

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt returned to the Olympic Stadium with an astounding 9.85secs finish in the 100m at London IAAF Diamond League, branded the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games on Friday.

Usain Bolt Strikes His Lightning Pose in London Olympic Stadium.
Usain Bolt Strikes His Lightning Pose in London Olympic Stadium.

It’s been a year since the London 2012 Olympics and the 6-time gold medalist, who has been fond of arriving and parading around the track in an awe-inspiring attitude, laid down a marker ahead of next month’s IAAF World Championship in Moscow by running his fastest 100m of 2013. He would be going in to Moscow as the quickest man of 2013.

“It’s good to be back here,” Bolt said. “I’ve got a lot of love for the stadium and this crowd. It was nice to get the win and I’m confident going in to Moscow.”

 © Diamond League: Bolt Arrived in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium in a Drivable Rocket Engine.
© Diamond League: Bolt Arrived in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium in a Drivable Rocket Engine.

Bolt’s season-long penchant for a reserved entrance had him arrive on a drivable rocket engine. Three hours later, the legendary Jamaican struggled to get off his block as against the fire-spitting noise of his entrance in what he described as a ‘horrifying’ start.

His reaction time of 0.175 and his pick up left him behind the fast-starting Kim Collins, but halfway through the sprint; the big man came storming through while others fell back. His flying finish took him across the line in 9.85secs.

 © Diamond League: Bolt Blasted 0.1secs Ahead of the Rest Across the Finish Line.
© Diamond League: Bolt Blasted 0.1secs Ahead of the Rest Across the Finish Line.

America’s Michael Rodgers emerged runners-up in 9.98secs with Bolt’s countryman Nesta Carter third in 9.99secs. Saint Kitts and Nevis’ Collins slipped back to fourth.

Bolt’s slow start to the 2013 season may have waned, but the Jamaican believes there is much work to be done before Moscow.

“It (the start) was horrifying for me. I think it is just race rust and I just need to get a few races in. The round in the World Championships will help that and get my legs freer and a bit lighter.”

Great Britain’s new sprint sensation, Michael Dasaolu- the fifth fastest man of 2013- withdrew before the race as a precaution after feeling a tight hip flexor in warm-up.

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