ZURICH — Assoc. Press
Last updated on Friday, Aug. 28, 2009
World record-holder Usain Bolt shook off Jamaican teammate Asafa Powell to win the 100 metres in 9.81 seconds at the Weltklasse meet on Friday.
Bolt, the world and Olympic champion, trailed Powell halfway into the race then used his huge stride to pull ahead and even eased up in the last couple of metres. Powell finished in 9.88, followed by two Americans, Darvis Patton in 9.95 and Michael Rodgers in 9.98.
In his first race since smashing world records in the 100 and 200 at the world championships in Berlin, Bolt did not crush his rivals but still had enough to win ahead of Powell, the former world record-holder.
David Rudisha of Kenya won the 800 in 1:43.52 by beating world champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi of South Africa and silver medalist Alfred Kirwa Yego of Kenya. Mulaudzi was third and Kirwa Yego second.
Victoria’s Gary Reed was fifth in 1:44.26.
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