Usain Bolt recovered from another desperate start to win the 100 metres at the Weltklasse Diamond League meeting here on Thursday night.
Eighteen days after taking the crown at the World Championships in Moscow, the Jamaican was the slowest of the nine-strong field out of the blocks before coming through to win in 9.90 seconds.
The world record holder, who branded his start at the London Anniversary Games last month “horrific”, had to work all the way to the line, only beginning to pull clear after around 80 metres.
It was his first race since competing in Moscow, where he won three golds to take his World Championships medal tally to 10. Bolt’s compatriot Nickel Ashmeade was second in 9.94secs, with Moscow silver medallist Justin Gatlin in third in 9.96s.
Bolt told BBC3: “I think the longer the season goes on, the worse my start gets. The reaction was 0.186, the worst it’s been all season. I don’t really know what’s going on. “I’m tired, it’s a good thing everyone else is tired too. I’m happy I came out victorious.”
Elsewhere, Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, like Bolt a three-time gold medal winner in Moscow, won the 200m in 22.40.