PUMA Athletes This Week; Bolt, Lewis-Francis, and Scott Race Results
On Tuesday, March 18, the triple Olympic champion, Usain Bolt, competed in his first 100 meter race of the season. Although he had a bit of a slip at the start, he found his giant stride and pulled away from his rivals, winning the race in 9.86, beating the previous meet record of 9.98 set last year by rival Tyson Gay of USA.
Bolt displayed his trademark charisma, playing to the crowds (estimated at 40,000) and cameras in his easy, joyful style before the race. The fans roared their approval and showed their love in the stadium that will host the World Championships next year.
Jamaican Michael Frater was second, almost three tenths of a second behind his countryman in a time of 10.15 seconds. American Mike Rodgers was third ahead of Trell Kimmons. Another American, Travis Padgett, predicted as the man who would seriously challenge Bolt, trailed in fifth place. Bolt now moves on to compete in Sunday's Diamond League meeting in Shanghai, where he will race in the 200 meters.
The race video is here: Bolt in Daegu
More results from Daegu are here: Results from Daegu
Mark Lewis-Francis Wins in Manchester
On Sunday, May 16, Mark Lewis-Francis of Great Britain cruised to victory in the 100 meter dash at the Powerade Great City Games in Manchester. Lewis-Francis powered to a 10.21 finish, comfortably qualifying for the European Championships in Barcelona this summer. Richard Kilty was second (10.46 seconds) and Paul Hession finished third (10.57).
This was Lewis-Francis? first outdoor track race back after suffering from a career-threatening Achilles injury that caused him to miss the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.
More results from the Great City Games are here: Great City Games Results
2010 PUMA Mile Winner, Scott, Places Fourth at USA 1 Mile Road Championships
Last Thursday, May 13, the 2010 PUMA Mile Winner, Derek Scott, placed fourth in a loaded field of fifteen men at the USA 1 Mile Road Championships in Minneapolis, MN. Scott?s time was 4:06.1 finishing behind Jordon Horn in third (4:05.7), Daniel Huling in second (4:05.4), and last year?s race winner, David Torrence in first (4:04.0).
The race video is here: USA 1 Mile Road Champs Video Derek Scott is in blue.