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Bolt stays on track
- Updated: August 28, 2009
By Mark Etheridge
Boring Bolt? Well it could almost be described that way after Friday night’s IAAF Weltklasse Golden League Track and Field meeting in Zurich, Switzerland.
Such is the magic of that man Usain Bolt that anything less than a world record is seen as a disappointment.
Well the giant Jamaican certainly didn’t disappoint too badly. Running the 100-metre sprint┬á he positively dawdled through the first half as countryman Asafa Powell powered out of the blocks.
But Bolt found yet another turbo-charged jolt to jet into another gear and ‘eventually’┬á edge home to win in 9.81sec. Slow compared to his 9.58 world record at the World Championships in Berlin earlier in the month but still in another stratosphere of sprinting that he is setting.
Later he was back in the 4x100m relay.
The Americans, who were disqualified in the World Championships, looked great all around and Wallace Spearman had a great gap heading into the final stage, but Bolt did the hard yards and still had time to grin at Spearman as he lead his quartet home in 37.70sec.
Also Friday night, pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva bounced back, literally from her no-height horror of Berlin last week.
She did so in the best possible way, clearing 5.06m for a world record and the small matter of another $50,0000 for her achievement. And she’s still in the hunt for the gold bar that goes to athletes winning all their designated events in the Golden League series.
South Africans? They were there too. World champion in Berlin on Sunday, Mbualeni Mulaudzi had to settle for third in the two-lapper, clocking 1:44.03 behind Kenyan winner David Rudisha in 1:43.52
Men’s 1,500 semi-finalist Pieter van der Westhuizen acted as pacemaker and took the field through 1,200m in 2:52 as Kenya’s Augustin Choge went on to win in 3:33.38sec.
World Championships 3,000m steeplechase finalist Ruben Ramolefi placed 12th┬á and last in Friday night’s race over the same distance, clocking┬á 8:36.38sec behind winner Ezekiel Kemboi (8:04.44).