Usain Bolt starts 2016 season with 100-metre win; says he didn't feel smooth

Georgetown: World 100-metre and 200-metre record holder Usain Bolt of Jamaica opened his 2016 season on Saturday with a 100-metre victory in 10.05 seconds at the Cayman Invitational. Making his fist strides on the road to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August, Bolt crossed the finish line .07 of a second ahead of American runner-up Dentarius Locke.

"It wasn't the best, but as long as I come out injury free, that's the key thing," Bolt said. "I didn't feel as smooth as I wanted to, but as I always say, it's hard to just come into your first race and do extra well."

File image. Reuters

File image. Reuters

Jamaican Kemar Bailey-Cole, who trains with Bolt at Racers Track Club, was third in 10.18 with a light tailwind of 0.1m/sec. Bolt is planning his campaign with the aim of defending his 100-metre, 200-metre and 4x100 relay Olympic crowns in Brazil, seeking an unprecedented third gold medal in a row in all three events, in what he has said will be his final Olympics.

Bolt, who races in Ostrava next week, said he is not worried with his form. "It's just more races," Bolt said. "My coach will determine what I need to work on, but right now it's just more races. The more races I run, the better I will feel so I am just looking forward to running more races and see what happens. I am never worried. I've been in worse situations. It's just race rusty. I can tell. I could feel the difference from when you are flying from when you are not."

The 29-year-old superstar had not competed since winning three gold medals at last August's World Championships in Beijing. Bolt, who owns the 100-metre world record at 9.58 seconds and the world 200-metre record of 19.19, was off his pre-meet projection of a victory in 9.91.

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Updated Date: May 15, 2016 14:45:35 IST

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