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Bolt tops in Toronto
- Updated: June 12, 2009
Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man was back with a bang in his first major track and field race of the season at the inaugural Festival of Excellence in Toronto, Canada today.
The 100-metre world record holder from Jamaica, ran 10.00 seconds dead under dark skies and a steady downpour with Shawn Crawford of the US┬á second in 10.25, and Ivory Williams, also US, finished third in 10.28.
The Beijing triple gold Olympic gold medallist, was the clear crowd favourite in front of a large Jamaican-Canadian crowd. “Just looking at the crowd you can see it’s pretty much all Jamaicans so it’s just a great feeling,” Bolt said after the race. “The people have just been wonderful, so thanks for coming out and supporting me and I always try to do my best at all times.”
The race was delayed by two false starts which led to Bolt’s countryman Marvin Anderson being disqualified from the eight-man field.
“I feel I should have done a little bit better but with two false starts, the rain kinda caught me up a little bit but, I think it was OK and I just need to work harder…” Bolt said. “My confidence level is always high no matter what because I know I’m Olympic champion and I’m working hard to stay on top so I’m always going to feel confident doing this.”