Usain Bolt smashes record in 150-metre race
Usain Bolt ran the world's fastest 150 metres to win a soggy street sprint on Sunday that marked his return to action after a car crash left him requiring foot surgery.
In windy Manchester, the triple Olympic champion ran down the northern English city's main thoroughfare in 14.35 seconds, breaking Canadian Donovan Bailey's 12-year-old world best of 14.99 in the rarely run 150.
The Jamaican appeared to stumble after surging out of the blocks but then got into his stride. But he then struggled to slow down after the finish — despite organizers extending the temporary track by 70 metres — and crashed into a camera.
"It is one more to the tally," the 22-year-old Bolt said. "I thought I would just go out there and run a good time. I'm not in the best shape and I still have a lot of work to do but I am getting there."
The last 100 was run in 8.72, considerably faster than his world record time of 9.96 that won Olympic gold last August.
Canadian track fans will be able to get a closer look at Bolt, who is due to compete in Toronto's Festival of Excellence track meet June 11.
Last month, Bolt crashed his BMW into a ditch along a highway and required minor surgery on his left foot after stepping onto thorns while getting out of the wreckage.
Hundreds of fans lined the route Sunday in the narrow street bisecting the city as the sun re-emerged after heavy rain had blighted the heats, which Bolt did not have to enter.
Marlon Devonish of Britain was second in 15.07, followed by Ivory Williams of the United States and Britain's Rikki Fifton in the four-man race.
Bolt made a quick dash from the centre to Old Trafford to attend Manchester United's player of the year awards ceremony. He saw his favourite team win the Premier League title on Saturday from the directors' box.
Bolt established himself as the world's fastest man with some astonishing performances at the Beijing Olympics, setting world records in the 100 and 200 metres while also being part of the Jamaican team that broke the world mark in the 400-metre relay.