Kingston - World 100 and 200-metre record holder Usain Bolt has made a surprise 2015
season debut Saturday, running the anchor leg in a 4x100 relay heat
victory at the Gibson Relays.
Bolt appeared to run with ease as he
took the baton from world and Olympic 200m medallist Warren Weir and
brought home the victory for the Racers Lions foursome in 39.26 seconds.
Forsythe ran the lead leg while Michael Frater ran the second leg in
the preliminary heat at Jamaica's National Stadium in Kingston.
me this was a good run. It was a good blow out in the early morning,"
Bolt said of his first race on local soil in the past two years.
28-year-old sprint star had skipped the Camperdown Classic earlier in
February in what had been expected to be his season opener.
set world records of 9.58 seconds in the 100 and 19.19 in the 200 at
Berlin in 2009 and also helped Jamaica's 4x100 relay to a world record.
eight-time world champion is a reigning Olympic champion in the 100,
200 and 4x100 relay, having swept all three events at the 2008 Beijing
and 2012 London Games.
And Bolt is excited about the prospects for
success in a return to Beijing in six months for the world
championships at the same Bird's Nest Stadium where he swept three gold
medals in world-record times seven years ago.
"I think I have set the bar high in Beijing, so I am excited to go back to surpass that feat," Bolt said.
Bolt said his coach, Glen Mills, is pleased with his progress toward peaking at the worlds.
coach is happy with where I am at now," Bolt said. "We just started a
little speed work... I don't know where we are going from here, back to
speed endurance or continue speed work.
"The key thing about this season is to try and stay injury free."