Bolt taunts ambitious Gay

Olympic gold medallist and current world record holder Usain Bolt held off rival Asafa Powell to win the 100 metres title at the Jamaican Championships in Kingston on Saturday.

The 22-year-old won with the fastest wind-legal time in the world this year of 9.86 seconds while Powell, who has been struggling with an ankle problem recently, came in second at 9.97secs with Michael Frater third in 10.02.

The victory means Bolt has secured his place at the World Championships in Berlin in August.

In the women’s 100m, Shelly-Ann Fraser recorded a time of 10.88secs to edge Kerron Stewart (10.93) for victory while Sheri-Ann Brooks (11.16) came third.

Meanwhile, Bolt has dismissed Tyson Gay’s claims that he can steal his world 100m record.

Bolt holds the record with 9.69 seconds set at the 2008 Beijing Games but Gay says he may beat that after clocking 9.75secs at the US trials.

‘No disrespect to Tyson but that is going to be a hard for task for him, he is more of a 200m runner,’ Bolt said.

Bolt ran the fastest non-assisted time of the year over the weekend.

Powell was quicker out of the blocks in Kingston but Bolt overtook him midway through the race and was able to ease to victory.

‘It was good. I am just happy that I finished injury-free and I am feeling good,’ he said.

Asked about Powell’s progress, Bolt added: ‘I would say Asafa is coming into shape and that is a good thing, his ankle is getting better. It is going to be a good season, as soon as he gets into shape it’s going to be very interesting.’

Gay failed to qualify for the final in Beijing last year after injury hampered his preparations but has the chance to test Bolt in the world championships.

He was in confident mood after a speedy, albeit wind-assisted 9.75 seconds in his first 100m of the season at the US world championship trials in Eugene, Oregon on Thursday.

But Bolt played down suggestions that his world record was in danger and said: ‘He had a lot of wind assistance for that time. It is going to be very hard for him.’

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