Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large
Formula One 2014: Complete schedule, standings, driver info
Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after winning the men's 100m race during the London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace on Friday.
Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after winning the men's 100m race during the London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace on Friday.

Bolt and Gay triumph in London

The world record holder races to 100 metres victory in 9.91 seconds at London Grand Prix, while the American eases to 200m title.

LONDON // Usain Bolt, the world record holder, brought a flash of Jamaican sunshine to another miserable European evening when he raced to 100 metres victory in 9.91 seconds at the London Grand Prix on Friday. The triple Olympic champion, who has had to overcome wind or rain in virtually every outing as he prepares for next month's world championships in Berlin, faced a 1.71.7m/sec headwind but cruised home ahead of his 19-year-old compatriot Yohan Blake (10.11 secs).

Blake, who ran 9.93 secs last week, is the latest sprinter to roll off the Jamaican production line and left the former world record holder Asafa Powell, also Jamaican, trailing in sixth in 10.26 secs. Bolt's presence drew a 16,000 capacity crowd, many dressed in the yellow and green of Jamaica, and he delivered a trademark dance after an impressive run during which he led after 20m before easing home.

"It's a Jamaican crowd so it was always going to be good for me," said Bolt, who last week posted 9.79 secs on a rainy night in Paris. "That's just me, the crowd loves it so I'll just continue." It was not all good news for the Caribbean island however as Bolt's victory came hours after it was announced five unnamed Jamaicans had been withdrawn from the world championships after testing positive for a banned substance.

All five tested positive for a "minor substance" after last month's national championships in Kingston. Two of them were members of the newly formed Racers Track Club who were due to provide a team for the 4x100 relay at Crystal Palace today. "If it's somebody from our group I can't comment," said Bolt, who is also part of the relay team. "It's sad for the sport, it's a step backwards but it shows if people take drugs they get caught.

"It just takes hard work and I don't think some people want to work that hard." Tyson Gay, who leads the way over 100m this season with a best time of 9.77 secs, looks Bolt's biggest rival and the American won the 200m final today easing down to finish in 20.00 secs. The 26-year-old Gay got a fast start and overtook his United States teammate Wallace Spearmon on the bend. Gay had a clear lead going into the straight and relaxed in the final 30m. He will defend his 200m world title against Bolt in Berlin next month. Gay has run the fastest 200m in the world this year - 19.58 secs in New York in May. Bolt's best this season is a 19.59 secs run at Lausanne, Switzerland, this month.

Meanwhile a chink appeared in the armour of the pole vault world record holder and world and Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva as she was beaten into second place on countback by Poland's Anna Rogowska. The Russian, with a best effort of 5.05m, suffered her first defeat of the season and looked sluggish in needing three attempts to clear her opening height of 4.68 before failing all three at 4.78. "I'm not in form, I think I'm tired from competitions but I'm confident for Berlin," said Isinbayeva, who has won the last two world titles.

Cuba's 110 hurdles world record holder Dayron Robles was also close to a first defeat this year but just held off Ryan Brathwaite of Barbados in a fierce headwind to win in 13.29 secs. "It felt like a cyclone in my face," he said. * With agencies

Back to the top

More articles


Editor's Picks

 Mitchell Johnson of Kings XI Punjab bowling in the IPL match against Rajasthan Royals at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah on Sunday. Pawan Singh / The National / April 20, 2014

IPL Day 5 action in Sharjah

Images from the fifth day of the Indian Premier League in the UAE on Sunday, with Kings XI Punjab beating Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets with eight balls remaining.

 Raheem Sterling of Liverpool scores the opening goal against Norwich City on Sunday at Carrow Road. Michael Regan / Getty Images / April 20, 2014

In pictures: Sterling, Suarez inch Liverpool closer to title

Raheem Sterling, with a double, and Luis Suarez accounted for all three goals in Liverpool’s 3-2 away win over Norwich City on Sunday, leaving them five points up on Chelsea with three left to play.

 Manager Matt Williams benching star Bryce Harper, above, may have sent the wrong message to the rest of the Washington Nationals. Mike Ehrmann / AFP

Benching Harper sends Williams’s right message the wrong way

Matt Williams, the Washington Nationals manager, made the biggest move of his 18-game tenure on Saturday, benching rising star Bryce Harper for his “lack of hustle”.

 Arsenal's Lukas Podolski celebrates his second goal during the Premier League match against Hull City at The KC Stadium in Hull, England, on April 20, 2014. Lynne Cameron / AP Photo

Arsenal maintain push for top-four finish with victory at Hull

Hull could end up in Europe regardless of the FA Cup final result if Arsenal finish in the Uefa Champions League places

 Ashish Nehra of Chennai Super Kings bowls to Kings XI Punjab at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

Hard-hitting Chennai not deterred by opening loss in IPL

But some questions remain about the team's attack ahead of Monday's match against Delhi Daredevils in Abu Dhabi, writes Osman Samiuddin.

 Stanislas Wawrinka turned away fellow Swiss Roger Federer with a 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 victory at the Monte Carlo Masters on April 20, 2014. Julian Finney / Getty Images

Wawrinka backhands Federer aside at Monte Carlo Masters

Stanislas Wawrinka won the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time after rallying to beat Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 in a rare all-Swiss final.

Events

To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National