Monaco - Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt ran a season's best of 9.95 seconds to win the 100m at Friday's Diamond League in Monaco.
In his second appearance in Europe in his farewell season, Bolt
produced a trademark strong second segment to beat out American Isiah
Young by 0.03.
Bolt, winner of eight Olympic and 11 world gold medals, will bring
down the curtain on his glittering career at August's world
championships in London.
But for the moment, it remains entertainment, and Bolt, as he has
done consistently throughout his career, played to the sell-out
17 000-capacity crowd at the Louis II Stadium when introduced in warm,
Starting in lane four, Bolt was second slowest out of the blocks, the
100m and 200m world record holder easily matched by Young in lane two.
The crowd, on their feet, roared, and so Bolt responded as he has so
many times before, moving into his famed "drive phase", head coming
slowly up as part of the process that unleashes the full power from his
The towering Jamaican duly powered home, even easing up over the
line, with Young in second and South African Akani Simbine in third
(10.02) in a photo-finish from Britain's Chijindu Ujah.
"It was good," Bolt said of his 53rd sub-10 seconds 100m.
"I'm going in the right direction, although there is still a lot of work to do. Sub-10 is always good.
"There are always mixed emotions, I'm happy for my career but sad that it is ending."
A bemused Bolt, however, was denied the chance of a lap of honour as
the men's 3 000m steeplechase, won by American Evan Jager, was staged
just after, meaning the Jamaican was hustled off the track.
He later came back on, to fireworks and synchronised cheerleading in which he even took part.
While Bolt's winning time was far off his world record of 9.58sec,
set back at the Berlin world championships in 2009, it at least broke
that 10-second barrier, for the first time this season.
Bolt has struggled to produce his best form this season, running
10.03 in Kingston and 10.06 in Ostrava in his only two outings, well
behind rising US star Christian Coleman's world-leading 9.82 in Oregon
Young said he was honoured to have got close to the Jamaican, who
turns 31 next month and has been a regular visitor to the principality
off the track, having received the IAAF Athlete of the Year award six
"I was thinking you'd need 9.8 to win today, but at the end of the day it was 9.9 that made it," he said.
"I'm happy I was there and so close to Bolt at the end of his great career.
"A couple of days ago I was told I will run the 200m in London so this sub-10 is great preparation for that.
"I need to execute well and then I can attack a medal in that event."