USAIN BOLT showed the Olympic triple-triple is ON after proving his fitness for the 200m back at the scene of his London 2012 glory.
Bolt clocked 19.89secs to win the 200m at the Anniversary Games in London’s Olympic Stadium last night – almost four years since he won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m crowns.
The track superstar, who has six Olympic titles from Beijing 200 and London 3012, was competing over his favoured 200m for the first time this year having had to pull out of the Jamaican trials last month with a hamstring strain.
Two weeks ago he went to see Dr Hans Muller-Wolfahrt who was working with the German football team in Marseille, in a bid to keep alive his Olympic dream of the triple triple.
He has been named in the Jamaican team for Rio but needed to show his fitness before travelling to Brazil to defend his three Olympic crowns. Last night he did that in style despite two faulty starts holding up proceedings.
Bolt, whose next outing will be in the Olympic 100m in Rio three weeks today said: “I’m feeling good. I’m not fully in shape and I need more work but I will be fine. The key thing is I’m injury free and can now defend my three titles.
“I was here to win. I needed a 200m because I haven’t run one all season and was disappointed I didn’t get to race in the trials. But I know what shape I’m in now.”
Bolt, the fastest man in the world over both the 100m and 200m beat American drug cheat Justin Gatlin to both world titles at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing last summer after going into the championships as a rare underdog following weeks of injury.
And he again sent out a warning to Gatlin, who posted a world leading 9.80secs over the 100m earlier this month.
He said: “This year it’s not going to be the same. I’m in much better shape. I’ve had a slight setback but I started my season off on a good note and got a few races in. It’s not as bad as last season.
“I’m looking forward to Rio, doing my best and putting on a show for the whole world to see. This is where history is going to be made. This will be my final Olympics so it’s a big one.”
Britain’s Adam Gemili clocked 20.07secs to finish third.
Jessica Ennis-Hill clocked 12.76secs in the heats of the 100m hurdles, a time she has only bettered once when she posted 12.54secs en route to Olympic gold in the same venue at London 2012.
Ennis-Hill, who was using the event as she warms up to defend her heptathlon crown in Rio, then lined up in the final against a top-class field only to witness American Kendra Harrison break the WORLD RECORD, clocking 12.20secs and picking up $50,000.
That record was one of the longest still standing having been set at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 when Bulgarian Yordanka Dorkova won gold in 12.21secs but astonishingly 23 year-old Harrison has not even made the USA team for Rio.
Ennis-Hill, who clocked 13.04secs to finish eighth and who will compete in the long jump today, said: “I’m just happy to run a season’s best and it makes me confident with Rio next.”
Laura Muir could be a surprise 1500m medallist in Rio especially given the Russians are banned.
She finished fifth at the World Championships in Beijing last summer but won the Anniversary Games event with a new British record of 3:57.49 – smashing the one set by Kelly Holmes who had clocked 3:57.90 winning Olympic gold at Athens 2004.
Muir, who was just 11 when Holmes won the Olympic crown, said: “Rio is my first Olympics. It won’t be as fast and it will be tactical and scrappy but I’m ready.
“It’s amazing to run a British record here. I’m over the moon. I knew I was in good shape and wanted to test myself. I’m thrilled.
There was also a personal best for Ennis-Hill’s heptathlon rival Kat Johnson-Thompson in the high jump as she leapt 1.95m.
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