World record-holder Usain Bolt put his poor performance in the Czech Republic behind him with a season’s best 9.76 seconds in the 100-meter race at the Golden Gala on Thursday night Bolt ran a relatively slow 10.04 in Ostrava last week, raising questions about his Olympic preparations.
His previous world’s best of 9.82 was set at home in Jamaica this month. “My drive was better and I started well,” Bolt said. “The transition was also better. After Ostrava a lot of people questioned me, but I never questioned myself. “Everyone has a bad race, you just got to go back to the drawing board.” While his start in Rome still wasn’t exceptional, Bolt quickly pulled in front and broke the previous meet record of 9.77 set by Tyson Gay three years ago. Former world record-holder Asafa Powell crossed second in 9.91 and European champion Christophe Lemaitre was third in 10.04. There was virtually no wind. Powell didn’t hear “set” or “go” from the starter. “I’m very upset with my race tonight. I’m not upset that I lost but that I couldn’t execute like I wanted to,” Powell said. “I didn’t get out of the starting block like I should. I was all over the track. I’m not even going to complain,” Powell added. “Usain ran a great race, I just have to go home, work on it and come back.”