OSTRAVA, Czech Republic — Usain Bolt, after his 20.13 seconds victory at the Ostrava Golden Spike Meeting on Tuesday, said “It was a little colder than I thought it was going to be."
However, according to the spring king after his less than impressive outing, "I was working mainly on my technique."
“I just wanted to run myself into shape," said the two-time Olympic Games sprint double champion.
He won the men’s 200m in cold and wet conditions, beating American Isiah Young in 20.35.
“I am always happy to be in Ostrava,” said Bolt, despite the unfavourable conditions for sprinters. “It’s one of my favourite place.
Meanwhile, Asafa Powell took the men’s 100m in 10.04 seconds, a time which was far slower than he had targeted.
The former 100m world record holder, who has a seasonal best of 9.84secs, was hoping to better that time on his return to Ostrava.
Trailing Powell home was Young, who ran 10.13secs for second place and Great Britain’s Richard Kilty 10.31.
Jamaican Edino Steele 33.08 finished 6th in the men's 300m, won by Karol Zalewski of Poland 32.25.
In the women's 200m, Kerron Stewart 23.43 and Sherone Simspon 23.56 were 2nd and 4th respectively. The event was won by Charonda Williams of USA.
In the men’s 600m race, Olympic 800m champion and world record holder over the two lap event, David Rudisha of Kenya, pulled up injured – and Poland’s Adam Kszczot went on to take the win in a time of 1:16.02.
Rudisha started the first 100m brightly, but grabbed on to his right quad as he came into the opening straightaway, prior to coming to a complete stop.
He managed to walk off the track on his own though, which is a good indication that the problem might not have been very serious.
In other events, American Sharika Nelvis set a new meet record of 12.55 seconds en route to wining the women’s 100m hurdles.
Alina Talay fo Belarus was second in 12.78 with Great Britain’s 2013 World Championships bronze medallist Tiffany Porter finishing third in 12.90.
Commonwealth Games champion Julius Yego of Kenya took the men’s Javelin with a throw of 86.88m to beat Germany’s Thomas Rohler (85.36m) and world-leader Tero Pitkämäki (83.96m) of Finland.