Bolt wins 200m with fastest time this year
Usain Bolt's debut at his favourite distance didn't disappoint as he recorded the fastest time of the year at the Golden Spike Grand Prix meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Thursday.
Bolt ran the 200m in 19.83 seconds with a legal wind of +0.3m/s to easily win the race ahead of Brian Dzingal of Zimbabwe who ran 20.17 to finish in second place.
The Jamaican who set a world 100m record of 9.72 seconds in New York May 31 holds the Jamaican record of 19.75 seconds. The men's 800m featured two outstanding juniors, Abubaker Kaki of Sudan and Kenya's David Rudisha. The finish was the same as in Oslo last Friday when Kaki set the world junior record of 1:42.69.
Kaki again won the race after being paced through the first lap by countryman Abdulagadir Idriss. His time was 1:43.80, with the African champion Rudisha second in 1:44.47.
Croatia's Blanka Vlasic won the women's high jump at a world leading height of 2.05m, her fourth consecutive meet over 2.00m this year. A year ago she recorded a personal best of 2.07m and has her eyes on Stefka Kostadinova's world record of 2.09m which the Bulgarian has held since 1987.
Canada's Nicole Forrester could manage only 1.85, which left her eighth and last in the field. She has a best of 1.93m this season. Reigning world 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain easily won her specialty in a time of 51.06. Ebony Floyd of the United States was second in 51.44.
Ohuruogu won the 2007 IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan, after serving a one-year suspension for missing three out-of-competition doping tests.
Although the times in the men's 5,000m were well off the world leading time of 12:50.55 posted by Kenya's Moses Masai in Berlin June 1, the race was an exciting one.
Eliud Kipchoge, the 2003 world champion and silver medalist a year ago in Osaka, won the race in a sprint finish over Tariku Bekele, the younger brother of world 5,000m and 10,000m record holder Kenenisa Bekele.
Kipchoge's time was 13:02.06 while the Ethiopian finished in 13:03.52. Bekele won the 2008 IAAF world indoor championship over 3,000m.
So deep was the competition that Augustine Choge, winner of the Berlin Golden League 1,500m could finish only 9th in 13:09.75.