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Usain Bolt labours to 200m victory in New York

New York: Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt has work to do after clocking an unconvincing 20.29sec to win the 200m at the New York Diamond League meeting on Saturday.

Usain Bolt (right) crosses the finish line ahead of Alonso Edward. Pic:AP/PTI
Usain Bolt (right) crosses the finish line ahead of Alonso Edward. Pic:AP/PTI 

Even with a headwind of 2.8 meters per second, Bolt said he was baffled by a performance that included "the worst curve ever in my entire career," although he said it was too soon to say the alarm bells are sounding for the World Championships in August.

"Because I have been training so good, but then I come to competition and I am not executing right, that's all I am worried about," Bolt said. "I was feeling good. Everything was going smooth when I ran yesterday, I was happy, my coach was happy — just don't know what happened today.

"I've just got to go back to the drawing board and figure it out." Bolt said he realised early the race would not be fast, but the "why" remained a puzzle.

"It's not physical and my mental game is strong. And when I am feeling good I am always confident I will do well, so I got out of the blocks and I just did not go anywhere. It's just one of those days I guess," he concluded.

This was Bolt's first race in New York since 2008, when he broke the 100m world record for the first time.

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