Usain Bolt sparkles in windy Diamond League Stockholm; dominates 200m
World record holder and Olympic champion Bolt stormed to an early lead to post a time of 20.03 in the 200m, for his first triumph at the 1912 Olympic Stadium. Meanwhile, world season leaders Vivian Cheruiyot ruled the 5000m, while Andreas Thorkildsen and Mitchell Watt shone in the Javelin and mens Long Jump, respectively.
July 30, 2011 08:22 am EDT
Sports, Athletics, Track And Field, 200 M, Sports, Sports Event, International Tournament
After failing in his previous visits to the DN Galan meeting in Stockholm, Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt finally logged his first individual victory by dominating the 200 meters in the windy 2011 Diamond League Friday.
World record holder and Olympic champion Bolt had a scorching start then burst around to bend en route to a time of 20.03, for his first triumph at the 1912 Olympic Stadium.
Alonso Edwards finished second at 20.47 followed by Bolt’s fellow Jamaican Ainsley Waugh, who crossed the line at 20.56.
Apart from Bolt, other perennial stars sparkled amidst the blustery wind in the Diamond League meeting in Stockholm.
Reigning world 5000 champ Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya brought home a world season lead, setting a world-best time of 14 minutes, 20.87 seconds in the 5,000 meters.
Australia’s Mitchell Watt also brought home a world season lead in the men’s Long Jump competition. The bronze medalist at the 2010 World Indoor and 2009 outdoor Championships bettered his year’s best performance in Melbourne in April which was 8.44 meters.
Another world season leader, Andreas Thorkildsen, also shone by improving the 88.30 meter Javelin mark he had set 19 days earlier at the Samsung Diamond League Birmingham meet.
Meanwhile, Russian star and world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva captured the women’s pole vault in her first Diamond League appearance of the season.
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