• Bolt marks London return with 100m triumph

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    Usain Bolt

    LONDON: Olympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt stormed to victory in the 100m at the London Diamond League meeting on Friday (Saturday in Manila) as he returned to his brutal, stunning best.

    The Jamaican superstar warmed up for his world championships bid in Moscow next month by sparkling in front of a packed crowd at the London Olympic Stadium.

    He won in a season-best 9.85sec despite making a lacklustre start and performed a lap of honour in front of a packed 60,000 crowd.

    Returning to the scene of his golden Olympic treble a year ago, the fastest man on earth blew his rivals away with at the Anniversary Games event.

    American Michael Rodgers (9.98) and Jamaica’s Nesta Carter (9.99) also dipped under ten seconds.

    “I love coming here. The fans give you so much energy and this is what makes me run faster,” said Bolt.

    “I felt good tonight and I am pleased with the time I did even if I was a little slow off the blocks and I had to play catch up. There is a lot of room for improvement. I am getting there and Moscow is going to be great.”

    Having been beaten by American Justin Gatlin in Rome earlier this year, Bolt was a man on a mission. And he did not let his worldwide fan club down.

    The global audience may have been a fraction of the near one billion armchair supporters who watched in awe last summer but there was still a special atmosphere inside the stadium.

    Bolt, who 24 hours earlier spoke openly about his despair at the latest drugs controversy to rock athletics with sprint rivals Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell implicated, had been paraded around the stadium beforehand.

    The 26-year-old, six-times Olympic gold medallist stood on a mock fighter jet and held the Jamaican flag aloft, taking the applause of the sun-drenched supporters as he was driven around the stadium.

    Bolt had already seen compatriot Warren Weir win the 200m.

    Weir finished a tenth of a second ahead of another Jamaican, Jason Young in a time of 19.89.

    AFP

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