Kingston, Jamaica – Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt could be among the medals by the time of the Beijing Olympics in August.
The World Championships 200m silver medallist sped to a world leading 100 metres time the Lucozade Sport/G.C. Foster Classics in Spanish Town, about 50km outside Kingston, on Saturday.
Bolt’s early season form took him to an impressive 10.03 seconds bettering the 10.04 compatriot Asafa Powell did to win the Melbourne Grand Prix last month.
The 21-year-old sprinter had to put behind him two false starts before strolling to a comfortable win ahead of G.C. Foster College’s Gavin Terrelonge (10.49) in heat one of the time-final event. Bolt won the World Junior and World Youth 200m titles in 2002 and 2003 respectively. Then he had a couple of indifferent years when injury and indifferent form affected his progress, but he seems to be ready now to take on the world’s best, including Powell.
Barbadian Andrew Hinds, who won heat two, was second overall in the time-final event in 10.35.
The national 200m record holder at 19.75 seconds, Bolt is very pleased with his early-season performance and predicts better things to come.
“I think that was pretty good, because I equalled my personal best,” he said, while pointing to last year’s run in Réthimno, Greece. “I will be looking to better that time this season.”
Meanwhile, in the women’s event, Jamaica’s World Youth bronze medallist Schillonie Calvert won in 11.27 seconds to beat two-time World Junior 200m silver medallist Anneisha McLaughlin (11.43) and Nyoka Cole (11.58).