Bolt blitz in Rome

Updated: June 1, 2012


Usain Bolt proved his slowest run in three years a week ago was nothing but a blip as he was back to his best at the Diamond League meeting on Thursday.

The world record holder had disappointed in Ostrava with a time of 10.04sec, which he himself described as slow, although he still won.

The Olympic champion bolted away from the field to win in a time of 9.76sec, the fastest in the world this year and a new meeting record.

Perennial bridesmaid Asafa Powell simply could not live with his Jamaican compatriot and was second in 9.91sec, although television replays suggested he stepped out of his lane in his first few strides.

European champion Christophe Lemaitre was third in 10.04sec despite a woeful start that saw him practically last.