Superstar Usain Bolt returned from a hamstring injury on Friday with a 200 metres victory at the London Diamond League meet where American Kendra Harrison bettered the 28-year-old world record in the women’s 100m hurdles.
Bolt won the Anniversary Games race in 19.89 seconds after a false start from a rival.
It was the first 200m race of the year the six-time Olympic champion who showed his determination to add a third straight sprint treble at next month’s Rio de Janeiro Games.
“I’m not fully in shape, I need more work, but I will be fine. The key thing is I came out injury free so that’s the main thing,” Bolt told the BBC.
Bolt, 29, had been sidelined since early June with a thigh muscle tear which forced him to withdraw from the Jamaican Olympic trials.
He was put on the Olympic team via a medical exemption and proved his form on Friday.
Americans LaShawn Merritt and Justin Gatlin top the 200m list this year with 19.74 and 19.75 seconds respectively.
Bolt’s first Olympic race will be the 100m heats on August 13, with the semi-finals and final the next day.
Not in Rio meanwhile will be Harrison because she came only sixth in the US trials 100m hurdles, and only the top three qualified.
But on Friday she clocked 12.20 seconds, taking one hundredth of a second off the mark of 12.21 set in August 1988 by Bulgaria’s Yordanka Donkova.
Harrison’s previous best was 12.24 seconds at the Eugene meet two months ago.
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