5 Sep 2009

Bolt wins, three share big money in Brussells

9:31 am on 5 September 2009

Triple Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt cruised to 200 metres victory in a Brussels Golden League meeting record on Friday while three athletes shared the final $1US million jackpot.

The irrepressible Jamaican, paraded around the King Baudouin stadium in a convertible car at the start, glided round the bend on the newly-laid track to clock 19.57 seconds and beat the previous best of American Tyson Gay (19.79) in 2006.

"I was feeling kind of fatigued. That's why I backed off in the last 25 to 30 metres," Bolt told reporters.

"Oh my God, I can't wait. I'm really looking forward to going home," added the sprinter, who has been on the road since July 1.

Bolt delighted the capacity crowd at the rain-soaked meeting with his customary theatrics and broad grin.

Earlier, world champion Sanya Richards romped to victory in the 400 in a meeting record of 48.83 seconds to claim a share of the $1 million jackpot.

The American said the money would ensure her wedding in February would be even more lavish.

Competitors must win their events at all six of the season's Golden League meetings to earn the cash prize.

Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva and Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, Olympic and world champion at 5,000 and 10,000, shared the money with Richards.

Kenya broke the world record in the rarely run 4x1,500 relay with a time of 14:36:23.

The time was almost two seconds better than the previous best set by a West Germany team in 1977, which until Friday was the oldest existing world record.

The record was once held by New Zealand.

John Walker, Rod Dixon, Dick Quax and Tony Polhill set the mark in 1973 with a time of 14.40.4

The meeting marked the end of 12 seasons of the Golden League. Next year it will be replaced by the Diamond League, a 14-city tour including events in Asia and United States.