Bolt storms back with 9.82 win at IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting

17:25, July 09, 2010      

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Usain Bolt of Jamaica (C) competes during the men's 100 metres competition at the IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on July 8, 2010. Bolt won the match with 9.82 seconds. (Xinhua/Yu Yang)
Usain Bolt of Jamaica clocked 9.82 seconds to win at the Athletissima meet of IAAF Diamond League series on return from injury on Thursday.

After a six-week break due to injury, Bolt certainly made his comeback a notable one. The 9.82 victory equals the world lead set by his compatriot Asafa Powell in Rome early last month.

"It was more than I expected," said the double World record holder after his first appearance since an Achilles tendon injury in late May sent him to the sidelines. "I was a little nervous before the race but after a good warm-up I felt better."

Bolt, the Olympic and world champion in the 100 and 200 meters, was originally scheduled to run the 200m, but was switched to a shorter distance following doctors' advice. After the race, Bolt said he did feel some minor pain in his tender Achilles during the race.

Still, he beat his own expectations for a 9.88 finish and said he hopes to return to the 200 before the end of the season, provided his doctor agrees.

Fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake performed admirably as well, clocking a season's best 9.96 for second, and Churandy Martina of the Netherlands Antilles was third in 10.16 seconds.

Source: Xinhua
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