Rain stops Bolt from breaking Johnson record

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt kisses his arm during a press conference for the IAAF World Challange Golden Spike athletics meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic, yesterday

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic — Usain Bolt won a rarely contested 300-metre race in 30.97 seconds in rain at the Golden Spike today.

Bolt, who holds the world records in the 100 and 200, was boosted by a solid start and cruised to an easy victory. But the wet track, marked by puddles, prevented him from challenging the world record of 30.85 set by Michael Johnson at Pretoria in 2000.

The IAAF does not recognise the 300 world record as it was not at major events.

Bolt ran a competitive 300 for the first time, and said he didn’t plan to compete in the distance regularly.

Leave a Reply