• Jamaican’s 9.95sec serves as a world championships warning.
Usain Bolt produced his season’s-best time in the 100m to canter away with the Monaco Diamond League and suggest he will again be the man to beat going into a major championships.
The Jamaican’s time of 9.95sec will not necessarily have his rivals at next month’s world championships in London trembling but the way he did it, recovering from a typically sluggish start before easing to victory without undue stress or effort, suggests there is a fair bit more in the tank.
Certainly Bolt was an athlete transformed from his poor run in Ostrava last month, when he hobbled through the line in 10.06. He promised his traditional summer time visit to the German doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, who uses unconventional techniques such as injecting calves’ blood and using extracts from crests of cockerels into his patients, would fix his back problems. On this evidence there is nothing to suggest otherwise. Once Bolt made his move after 50m there was going to be only one winner.
The American Isiah Young was second in 9.98, with the South African Akani Simbine third in 10.02 – the same time as Britain’s CJ Ujah fourth in the same time.
Britain’s Laura Muir suggested she is fully recovered from a stress fracture in her foot sustained earlier this summer as she ran a personal best of 8min 30.64sec to finish third in the 3,000m behind Hellen Obiri, who obliterated the field to win in 8.23.15.
After the first kilometre Muir was in a group of six athletes who had surged clear of the rest of the field. She decided not to go with Obiri, who had beaten her over a mile in the Anniversary Games earlier this month, and was content to come home in third. Muir said: “The race was fast. I’ve done my outdoor personal best so that’s great. In London I’ll double up in the 1500m and 5,000m.”
I’m going in the right direction, although there is still a lot of work to do,” he said after running a time that now moves him up to joint seventh on a 2017 world list headed by Christian Coleman of the United States with 9.82.
“Running sub-10 is always good. It was an exciting race, there was lots of energy.”
The eight-time Olympic champion intends to finish his career at the World Championships in London later this summer, where he will run in the 100m and 4x100m relay.