Big race, but no world record. The Jamaican Usain Bolt won the 150 meters in straight in the blue track mounted on the Brazilian beach of Copacabana, in Rio de Janeiro, with a time of 14.42. His record is in 14.35, four years ago in Manchester. Then the track was installed in a street in the British city.
It came second in the career of Daniel Bailey (Antigua), with 14.88, third Brazilian Bruno Luis e Barros, from the qualifiers (14.91) and third Ecuadorian Alex Quinonez, with 15.90. Some three thousand spectators attended the competition.
In 2009 Bolt unseated as world record holder to Britain’s Linford Christie, who was the first man to lose the fifteen seconds with automatic timing: 14.98 in Sheffield, in 1994. The recently deceased Pietro Mennea also broke that barrier, but with manual timing (14.8) in 1983.
In 2011 Tyson Gay tried to overcome the record, but it came at 14.51.
“This was my first race of speed and I made a good brand. I am happy,” said the triple Olympic champion’s 100, 200 and 4 x 100 meters, which broke the security cordon to return to the beach and greet spectators.
“I hope to be here in the World Cup of 2014 and I also hope that Jamaica is classified,” said the athlete, which this year aims big win in three tests of speed in the world of Moscow, in the month of August.