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Usain Bolt wins in Jamaica after 'horrible start'

Sprint superstar catches up with field around 50m-mark to win men's 100m event clocking 9.88 seconds - the world's second-fastest time this year

Kingston: Jamaica's Usain Bolt shook off a "horrible start" to win the 100m at the Racers Grand Prix in 9.88sec, the second-fastest time in the world this year.

Jamaica's Usain Bolt (right) ahead of Yohan Blake during the 100m final in the Racers Grand Prix track and field event at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday. Pic/AP, PTI
Jamaica's Usain Bolt (right) ahead of Yohan Blake during the 100m final in the Racers Grand Prix track and field event at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday. Pic/AP, PTI

"It wasn't a perfect race, but the good thing was that I won and I came out injury free," said Bolt, who got away slowly but powered home, catching the field at around 50m  and celebrating as he got to the line first to the delight of a big crowd at the Sational Stadium here.

Nickel Ashmeade and Yohan Blake were both timed in 9.94sec, with Asafa Powell finishing in 9.98.

The race was only the fourth time that Bolt, former world record holder Powell and 2011 world champion Yohan Blake have clashed in Kingston and more than 30,000 fans turned out for the warm up for Jamaica's Olympic trials later this month.

'It's good to be back'
Running before his home crowd for the first time in about two years, Bolt said: "It's good to be back, it has been a while since I ran here."

While Bolt said execution was key in the 100m, he was pleased to overcome his technical flaws on the night.

"Even when you don't get it right you have to stay strong, composed and run through.

"I was not completely happy with execution as the start was horrible and did not set up the race, but I won and that is good."

Bolt improved on the 9.98sec he posted in Ostrava on May 20.

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