USAIN Bolt ran a season’s best 9.85 seconds to win the World Challenge meeting in Zagreb last night in his first 100 metres since false starting at the World Championships.
The Jamaican finished well clear of the field with world bronze medallist Kim Collins second in 10.01secs.
The 25-year-old surrendered his world 100m title to compatriot Yohan Blake after his stunning disqualification in the final in Daegu last month, although he went on to retain his 200m and sprint relay crowns.
Blake has since set a new personal best of 9.82s, while Asafa Powell, who missed out on the championships through injury, still holds the fastest time of the year with 9.78. Bolt’s previous best this season had been 9.88, well off his world record of 9.58.
Both Bolt and Blake are due to race at the Diamond League meeting in Brussels on Friday, but in different events, with Bolt set to line up in the 100m and Blake the 200m.