Usain Bolt ended his season on top of the world with a world leading 9.76 seconds to win the 100 metres ahead of Nesta Carter (JAM) – 9.89 and Lerone Clarke 10.05 at the Van Damme Memorial in Brussels on Friday, September 16.
Bolt’s time was an improvement of .02 seconds set by Asafa Powell earlier in the season. He clocked 9.76 seconds in Zagreb on Tuesday, September 13.
After false-starting in the final of the 100 of the world championships three weeks ago, Bolt wanted to finish his season on a high note by clocking the fastest time of the season. He was successful in achieving that goal.
Bolt, still smarting from his false start at the Daegu World Championships, three weeks ago has promised it (false start) “won’t happen again. I am allowed one mistake and that is it.”
Bolt expressed his happiness of being able to run the fastest time over the 100 metres this year and looks forward to better and more consistent performances for the 2012 season. Bolt holds the World and Olympic records in the 100 and 200 metres.
The record holder was also on hand to congratulate his teammate, Yohan Blake who ran a superb 19.26 over the 200 metres shortly after to be one of the owners of the top five fastest times in the event. Bolt who said he offered him tips for the race was “happy for Blake’s performance.”
Bolt and Blake are training partners in the Racers Track Club based in Jamaica. Both athletes celebrated a fitting end to their 2011 season.