Usain Bolt: After Nine Months Off, Bolt Shows He's Still Got It
Usain Bolt Wins First Race Since Last August
The last race Usain Bolt ran was hardly his best.
Back in August of 2010, the three-time Olympic and World gold medalist lost to Tyson Gay in Stockholm, ending a two-year undefeated streak. Back and Achilles problems have kept him out of action ever since.
Until Thursday, that is. Bolt got back on the track at the Golden Gala in Rome for a 100 meter race, and he resumed his winning ways, posting a time of 9.91 seconds.
Bolt got off to his typical slow start, but was able to find his old jets as he neared the finish. He just barely edged Asafa Powell, who finished in 9.93 seconds.
"I was nervous as it was my first race of the season and I didn't think it went well and the nerves got to me," said Bolt, according to the Associated Press. "In fact it was a totally bad race and I'm just pleased I won."
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Bolt has now won nine of the last 10 races in which he's competed against Powell, whose only win came in Stockholm in 2008. Bolt also shattered Powell's then-record of 9.74 seconds in the 100m, which he set in Rieti back in 2007.
Not surprisingly, Powell said Bolt was in his head on Thursday.
"I think I was too worried by Usain at the end of the race," said Powell. "I always said this was my race to win and I gave it away. I knew I could have won and I needed to stay focused and relaxed. I'm more confident now as I know I could have won."
Either way, a triumphant return for Bolt. It's not quite on the same level as his absurd 9.58-second 100m in 2009, but a win is a win is a win.
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