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Usain Bolt Runs Season-Best 9.85 in 100m to Win World Challenge

Usain Bolt of U.S.A. reacts as he wins the 100 meters mens race at Zagreb's IAAF athletics meeting, in Zagreb. Photographer: Hrvoje Polan/AFP/Getty Images
Usain Bolt of U.S.A. reacts as he wins the 100 meters mens race at Zagreb's IAAF athletics meeting, in Zagreb. Photographer: Hrvoje Polan/AFP/Getty Images

Sept. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Usain Bolt ran a season-best 9.85 seconds to win the 100 meters at the Zagreb World Challenge.

The Olympic champion and world record holder from Jamaica set a track record 15 days after being disqualified from the 100 meters final at the world championships for a false start.

Bolt finished 0.16 second ahead of Kim Collins of St. Kitts and Nevis at the 61st Boris Hanzekovic Memorial in Zagreb, Croatia. Richard Thompson of Trinidad was third, in 10.03 seconds.

Bolt, whose run put him in a tie for the season’s fifth fastest time, told reporters that he “kind of lost concentration after the start.” Fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell has gone quickest this year with 9.78 seconds on June 30.

“I could have done better,” Bolt said, according to his website. “Especially with the weather like this because the conditions were good.”

Bolt ran a world-record 9.69 seconds in the 100 meters final at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. He lowered the mark to 9.58 seconds at the world championships the following year in Berlin, where he also set a world record in the 200 meters with a time of 19.19 seconds.

Collins’s time of 10.01 seconds in Zagreb was his season best. American Justin Gatlin, who won the 100 meters gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, finished sixth in 10.17.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eben Novywilliams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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