Olympic champion Usain Bolt sent out a warning to his rivals ahead of the world championships by running the fastest time of the year to win the 200 metres at the Paris Diamond League on Saturday.
The world record holder eased to the line in 19.73, bettering American Tyson Gay’s world lead by 0.01 seconds and then said there was more to come.
“I came out to try and execute the best I could. I did a few things wrong but all I have to do is go back to the drawing board and get it right,” said Bolt, who was dogged by a hamstring injury earlier in the season.
“I lost one 100 metres and a lot of people are making a big deal out of it, and it doesn’t really bother me,” the Jamaican said in reference to his defeat by Justin Gatlin in Rome last month. “I am a championship person. I’m not worried, as long as I’m in great shape.”
Home favourite Christophe Lemaitre, who won the world bronze two years ago, finished third in 20.07 with Jamaica’s Olympic bronze medallist Warren Weir second in 19.92.