28 May 2011

Bolt wins in first race back

11:57 am on 28 May 2011

World 100 metre record holder Usain Bolt returned to the track after a nine-month absence with victory at the Diamond League meeting in Rome.

But it was a rather lacklustre display by the Jamaican who won in a time of 9.91 seconds - two one hundreths of a second ahead of compatriot Asafa Powell with European champion Christophe Lemaitre of France third.

Bolt was slow out of the blocks but found his rhythm in the second 50 metres to edge his way in front.

The race was Bolt's first since August 6th last year, when he was beaten by Tyson Gay in Stockholm, after which back and Achilles tendon problems brought an early end to the triple Olympic and World champion's season.

47,000 fans turned up at the Olympic Stadium to watch the meet.