Bolt celebrates after winning gold in the 100m event during the IAAF Golden Spike event. Pic/AFP
Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt overcame a stiff back to fire to victory in the 100m in Ostrava on Wednesday night in a modest 10.06 seconds, in what was his first appearance in Europe in his farewell season.
"I love this crowd's high energy. That's why I come back here. I love you," said Bolt, in his ninth appearance in the northeastern Czech city.
"I'm not happy with the time, but I'm getting into it," added Bolt, the winner of eight Olympic and 11 world gold medals, who will bring down the curtain on his glittering career at August's World Championships in London.
He again proved to have not lost any of his showman's charisma as he played to the sell-out 15,000-capacity crowd at the Mestsky Stadium when introduced in hot, humid weather. The field was a kind one for Bolt, only Jak Ali Harvey, previously of Jamaica but now representing Turkey, having gone below 10 seconds.
Bolt said his programme would now include more training as well as a trip to his doctor in Germany.
"It's just my back, as always. It's always an issue. My doctor told me over the years that the older I get, the worse it's going to get, so I just have to really try to keep it in check which is why I need to go and see him to make sure everything's smooth because it feels a little bit tight, but I didn't get injured so that's a key thing, I'm happy about that," he said.
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