BRUSSELS, Belgium (CMC):
Jamaican track star Usain Bolt wrapped up another impressive year at the season-ending Diamond League meet yesterday with victory in 9.80 seconds in the 100m, while Warren Weir and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wrapped up Diamond League titles at the season-ending Diamond League meeting in Brussels yesterday.
The 27-year-old Bolt led four others through the line in sub-10 second times at the Roi Baudouin Stadium in the Belgian capital.
American Michael Rodgers claimed second in a season's best of 9.90 with Jamaica's Nesta Carter nipping world silver medallist Justin Gatlin for third after both were clocked at 9.94. Bolt's training partner Kemar Bailey-Cole did 9.98.
"It's my last race of the season, the time's close to my season's best (of 9.77sec), I'm happy," said Bolt.
"This was close to the 'Usain Bolt fashion', not only because this was the last race of the season but also because of the crowd."
Bolt was out of the blocks in lane five just slower than Gatlin outside him, but kept his head and shoulders low as he drove into the opening metres.
After the 50-metre mark, Bolt pushed his huge frame into top gear, head coming up and going for broke, moving quickly past Gatlin and casting a brief glance across the field as Rodgers produced a great final 30 metres to get second from lane eight.
"That was amazing this evening and gave me energy," he said.
"My reaction time in the starting blocks was for sure the worst of this year but I felt very relaxed and enjoyed the race."
Weir wins Diamond League
Weir, the World Championships silver medallist, confirmed his Diamond League victory by winning the men's 200m in 19.87 seconds, crossing the line ahead of his Jamaican teammate Nickel Ashmeade, who recorded a season-best 19.93. American Walter Dix was third in 20.12, also a season-best. Rasheed Dwyer, the other Jamaican in the line-up, clocked 20.40 for sixth place.
Meanwhile, Jamaica's sprint queen Fraser-Pryce clocked a sizzling 10.72 to smash the meet record and win the women's 100-metre.
The Moscow World Championships triple gold medallist finished well clear of American Alexandria Anderson who was second in 10.97.
With the victory, Fraser-Pryce has added the 100m Diamond League title to her 200m title won last month.
Fraser-Pryce gets US$40,000 for each title.
The other two Jamaicans, Carrie Russell and Kerron Stewart, finished third and fourth, respectively. Russell clocked 10.99 and Stewart 11.19.
1. Usain Bolt (JAM) 9.80
2. Mike Rodgers (USA) 9.90
3. Nesta Carter (JAM) 9.94
4. Justin Gatlin (USA) 9.94
5. Kemar Bailey-Cole (JAM) 9.98
1. Warren Weir (JAM) 19.87
2. Nickel Ashmeade (JAM) 19.93
3. Walter Dix (USA) 20.12
4. Churandy Martina (NED) 20.18
6. Rasheed Dwyer (JAM) 20.40
1. Martyn Rooney (GBR) 45.05
2. Jonathan Borlee (BEL) 45.05
3. Matteo Galvan (ITA) 45.35
4. Kevin Borlee (BEL) 45.39
7. Edino Steele (JAM) 45.87
8. Nicholas Maitland (JAM) 46.43
400 Metres Hurdles - Men
1. Jehue Gordon (TRI) 48.32
2. Omar Cisneros (CUB) 48.59
3. Javier Culson (PUR) 48.60
4. Michael Tinsley (USA) 48.60
5. Leford Green (JAM) 48.84
1. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM) 10.72
2. Alexandria Anderson (USA) 10.97
3. Carrie Russell (JAM) 10.99
4. Stewart , Kerron (JAM) 11.19
1. Natasha Hastings (USA) 50.36
2. Amantle Montsho (BOT) 50.41
3. Anonina Krivoshapka (RUS) 50.51
4. Francena McCorory (USA) 50.77
6. Stephanie McPherson (JAM) 51.18
8. Novlene Williams-Mills (JAM) 51.31
1. Caterine IbargŁen (COL) 14.49m
2. Kimberly Williams ( JAM) 14.34m
3. Olha Saladuha (UKR) 14.31m
4. Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko (ISR) 14.21m