Usain Bolt opened his 2016 season 14 May by winning the men’s 100-metres at the 2016 Cayman Invitational.
Bolt crossed the line in 10.05 seconds, edging American Dentarus Locke and fellow Jamaican Kemar Bailey-Cole.
Bolt circled the Truman Bodden Sports Complex after his run, recognising the crowd of roughly 2,500 that came to watch him run.
“They gave me a lot of love,” Bolt said of the crowd. “I respect that. I’m happy about that and I really appreciate them giving me so much love as always. I hope I get to come back here next season so I’m happy about it.”
Bolt says he felt rusty during the race, where he was challenged early on by Locke.
“It wasn’t the best I must say,” he said. “But as long as I came out of it injury free, that’s the key thing. I didn’t feel as smooth as I want to. But I always say it’s hard to just come into your first race and do extra well. So I’m just happy I came out of that one injury free.”
As it turns out, however, he may not have escaped without injury.
Several media outlets report Bolt’s coach Glenn Mills says the sprint star re-aggravated a hamstring injury during the race and he’s seeing a doctor in Germany for treatment. He is expected to run the upcoming Diamond League meeting in the Czech Republic.
Cayman’s 100-metre and 200-metre record holder Kemar Hyman took fifth in the race, crossing the line in 10.32 seconds.
“Not a great time but it was an amasing race,” Hyman said. “I loved the crowd and I wish next year and the years to come that it’s amasing just like this. I’m very happy just with my performance and just the crowd and everything, I’m just very happy. I’m happy to healthy. I’m happy to be here. I’m happy to be in the Cayman Islands.”
In one of the most highly anticipated age-group races of the night, Jamaica’s Christopher Taylor cruised to victory in the men’s 20-and-under 400-metres. It was expected to be showdown between Taylor and Cayman’s quarter-mile record holder, Jamal Walton.
Walton, however, never pushed himself and finished in 51.78 seconds. Afterward, he explained he aggravated his hamstring at the Florida state high school meet the week before, where he took second.
“I think it was a good environment for me to come and participate,” Walton said. “When I went through the race, I was just taking it easy because I had a strained hamstring problem in high school.”
Dominic Dyer won the men’s 20-and-under 1,500. He crossed the line in just more than 4:11.67.
Carl Morgan finished fifth in the men’s long jump. His longest leap was 7.15 metres.
Shalysa Wray won the girls under-20 100, finishing in 12.69 seconds while Tori-Ann Gonez won the girls 14-and-under 100 in 12.99 seconds.
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