Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell & Julius Yego

The world’s fastest man Usain Bolt opened his 200 metre account this season with a solid 20.13s run to go 4th on the 2015 IAAF 200m list at the 54th Ostrava Golden Spikes, one of IAAF’s World Challenge meets. USA’s Isaiah Young finished 2nd with 20.35s, while Greece’s Stefanos Tsakonas took 3rd in 20.62s

Bolt dipped at the line perhaps in the hope that he would break 20 seconds for the 29th time in his illustrious career, but his shake of the head afterwards betrayed his disappointment of not coming close to challenging his own Meet Record of 19.83s in Ostrava. He said:

“It was a little bit colder than I thought it would be, but I think it’s all about working on my technique and getting back into shape, and we’ll see what happens next month.”

About an hour earlier, Bolt’s Jamaican compatriot Asafa Powell could not add to his near century of his career sub-10 runs, but he was still able to win the 100m easily in a time of 10.04s in the light rain of Ostrava. USA’s Isaiah Young was 2nd in 10.13s (SB), while Britain’s Richard Kilty finished 3rd in 10.31s. Powell was not the quickest out of the blocks, but he took control of the race after about 50 metres, and powered home with Young closely in his wake.

The main African interest on the night was Kenya’s Julius Yego. The Commonwealth Games champion got on all fours as he threw a fantastic Kenyan National Record of 86.88m in the Javelin, erasing his own previous mark of 85.40m. He landed with his hands on the floor ahead of him but just managed to keep them in bounds to record the furthest throw of his life!

800 metre World Record David Rudisha was not able to complete the seldom run 600m, as he pulled up after only 200m with a thigh injury. Poland’s Adam Kszczot took the victory in 1:16.04s.

Bambo Akani is the Founder and CEO of Making of Champions (MoC). He is an avid sports writer and photo-blogger, and has quickly become an internationally recognized Athletics Expert. He appeared in a new weekly Athletics segment on the Sports Tonight Show on Channels TV during the 2014 Athletics season and has also appeared on Jamaican Television and Radio to discuss the MoC "The History" Film that he Produced and Directed, and to review and analyse key events in world athletics.Bambo holds an MEng and BA in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University in the UK and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management in the US.


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