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Olympic champion Usain Bolt ran his first sub-10-second time of the year to win the 100m at the Diamond League in Monaco on Friday.”It was good, I’m going into right direction, still a lot of work to do,” said Bolt, who is scheduled to retire after the world championships.The 30-year-old Jamaican clocked 9.95 in his final Diamond League race to beat America’s Isiah Young (9.98) and South African Akani Simbine (10.02).The eight-times Olympic sprinting champion was slow out of the blocks, just as he was in his last race in Ostrava last month, and never managed to put a big gap between him and the field.
Britain’s CJ Ujah ran 10.02 to finish fourth.In other events, Britain’s Laura Muir was comfortably beaten by Kenyan Hellen Obiri in the women’s 3,000m.
Bolt has confirmed he will run the 100m and 4x100m relay at the World Championships in London in August, his final event before retiring.With two weeks to go until the event, this was arguably Bolt’s toughest test since he won double Olympic gold at Rio 2016.The global icon laboured to victory in 10.06 in Ostrava last month but finally dipped under the 10-second mark against a much tougher field in Monaco on Friday.
In his final race before London 2017, which takes place from 4-13 August, Bolt showed signs he could well bow out with yet another gold medal.The Olympic champion snatched the win in the last few meters ahead of Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba and Ajee Wilson, who both set national records. The trio had been neck and neck down the final straight.
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