- Published on Thursday, 09 May 2013 21:10
- Written by Calvin G. Brown
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(CNS): Usain Bolt’s first 100-metre race of the 2013 season last night at Cayman’s invitational meet was a sluggish opener for the track superstar, with one of the slowest times of his career.
Bolt failed to break the 10-second barrier, beating Kemar Bailey-Cole by a hair’s breadth in a photo-finish as they both clocked 10.09 seconds.
Bolt started slowly but accelerated at the half way mark to the finish line in front of a capacity crowd of some 5,000 at the Truman Bodden sports complex. Despite his up-beat comments at the pre-race press briefing on Tuesday, Bolt admitted it wasn’t what he had hoped for. "It wasn't the best start of the season," Bolt said. "It was good to get a win but now it's time to go back to the drawing board."
Bolt, the 26-year-old world record holder, had targeted the 9.86-second run by USA’s Tyson Gay in Kingston last Saturday but started slowly and had to rely on an injection of speed to pip Bailey-Cole to the post, with Daniel Bailey from Antigua coming in third with a time of 10.23. Cayman’s Kemar Hayman finished 6th with a time of 10.33.
Bolt, falling well short of Yohan Blake's 9.84 meet record, was shaky throughout the race but he told the BBC that it was not the hamstring injury which kept him out of last weekend’s race in Jamaica. "It was just a bad race. It wasn't a bothering pain so I can't blame it on that," he said.
Meanwhile, in the women’s 100-meters, Carmelita Jeter of the United States set the track on fire and became the first female sprinter this year to break 11 seconds in her race, setting the meet record with a time of 10.95 seconds. Jeter, the silver medalist at the London Olympics in the 100, won the Cayman Invitational last year in 11.04 seconds.