9 Jul 2011

Bolt wins 200 in Paris

12:39 pm on 9 July 2011

Usain Bolt comfortably won the 200 metres at the Paris Diamond League athletics meeting despite Christophe Lemaitre running a season's best of 20.21 seconds.

On a newly laid Stade de France track based on the 2008 Beijing Olympic version where the Jamaican first took the world by storm, Bolt triumphed in 20.03 to deny his French rival and boost his preparations for next month's world championships.

Showman Bolt, hiding his face behind his hands like a Paris mime artist, was welcomed into the stadium like a rock star with a string of pumping tunes warming up the crowd and putting his opponents including Lemaitre in the shade.

The 100 and 200 world record holder then asked for silence as he began to focus but was forced to wait for several minutes for the high jump and technical issues before blasting off.