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Bolt unhappy with Ostrava time

Published:Wednesday | June 28, 2017 | 6:30 PM
Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the 100 meters men's event at the Golden Spike athletic meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Wednesday. - AP Photo
Usain Bolt (center) competes to win the 100 meters men's event at the Golden Spike athletic meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Wednesday. - AP Photo
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OSTARVA, Czech Republic (AP):

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt was left disappointed with his time after starting the European leg of his final season before retirement with a victory in the 100m at the Golden Spike meeting on Wednesday.

Bolt reeled in the rest of the field after a trademark slow start to cross the finish line in 10.06 seconds, a time slower than the 10.03 seconds he ran at the JN Racers Grand Prix a couple of weeks ago.

However, he had to hold off a strong challenge from Yunier Perez of Cuba, edging him by 0.03. Jak Ali Harvey of Turkey was third in 10.26.

"I'm not happy with the time," he said. "But it's not important, I enjoyed it so much."

The eight-time Olympic champion is preparing for the World Championships in London in August, his final major competition.

Bolt said he liked the Golden Spike because it was one of the first professional meets that invited him to run at the start of his career, and he also appreciated the fact that the stands were always packed - despite bad weather during some of his previous appearances.

In an emotional farewell after the race, fans held up coloured cards that formed a huge Jamaican flag in the stands, with a giant message: "THANX UB." The Jamaican anthem followed, with Bolt singing along.

The only other race he's scheduled before the worlds is the Diamond League event in Monaco on July 21. He's still undecided about other meets.

Other winners on Wednesday were Mo Farah and Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa, who led home the rarely-contested 300m in a world's best time of 30.81.

Farah claimed victory in the 10,000 in what was likely one of his last races on the track.