17 MAY 2009 General News Manchester, UK

Bolt runs 14.35 sec for 150m; covers 50m-150m in 8.70 sec!

Usain Bolt greets fans after his run at BUPA Great City Games 150m (Getty Images)Usain Bolt greets fans after his run at BUPA Great City Games 150m (Getty Images) © Copyright

Jamaica's multiple Olympic champion and World record holder Usain Bolt added yet another win to his growing career tally after racing to victory in this evening's BUPA Great City Games 150 metre sprint on a track laid in the centre of this northern English city.

The event was staged by the organisers of today's BUPA Great Manchester Run, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, which was run this morning - see 'Related Content' to the right under photograph for earlier story.

The 22-year-old Bolt clocked 14.35 seconds for the 150m straight dash, smashing the previous world's best.

IAAF media consultant and BBC statistician Mark Butler confirms that the previous fastest legal time in a 150m race was 14.8 sec by 1980 Olympic 200m champion Pietro Mennea of Italy who ran his time in Cassino, Italy on 22 May 1983.

However, a biomechanical study carried out in the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan, timed World champion Tyson Gay (USA) over 150m in his 200m final victory at 14.75 sec (Bolt 14.85) on 30 August 2007. That is the fastest legal timing on record, though Linford Christie (GBR) did clock 14.74windy (+3.9) in Sheffield on 4 September 1994.

But we know that Michael Johnson (USA) and Bolt would have been much faster during their World 200m records, as 19.30 is 14.475 pace for 150m.

So albeit over a straight run rather than around a bend, Bolt’s time today in Manchester is by far the quickest time ever run for 150m.

The Jamaican, who was only passed fit on Monday (11) after a recent car crash, was given a bye into the final.

Bolt covered the first 100m in 9.91 sec, which although well short of his record breaking 9.69 in Beijing was still impressive on a very damp temporary track constructed on Manchester’s Deansgate in the city’s centre.

Even better was his speed over what is termed "the flying 100" - from 50-150m - which he covered in just 8.70 sec!

"It is one more to the tally," said Bolt about his victory, "I thought I would just go out there and run a good time. I'm not in the best shape and I still have a lot of work to do but I am getting there."

Debbie McKenzie Ferguson, of the Bahamas, won the women's race in 16.54 ahead of Olympic and World 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu, who finished in 17.10.

Carl Markham - PA Sport - and Mark Butler for the IAAF

RESULTS

Men

100m wind: 0.1; 150m wind: 1.1
1, Usain Bolt JAM 14.35 (50m: 5.65/100m: 9.91/'flying' last
100m: 8.70) World Best
2, Marlon Devonish GBR 15.07 (5.77/10.27/9.30)
3, Ivory Williams USA 15.08 (5.79/10.26/9.29)
4, Rikki Fifton GBR 15.13 (5.78/10.28/9.35)

'B' Final
100m wind: 0.7; 150m wind: 1.1
1, Andy Turner GBR 15.20 (5.80/10.32/9.40)
2, Leevan Yearwood GBR 15.29 (5.87/10.41/9.42)
3, Xavier Brown JAM 15.53 (5.90/10.57/9.63)
Mario Forsythe JAM dnf (5.88/10.59/-)

First Round (Winner + 1 fastest to Final where they joined Usain Bolt) Heat 1 100m wind -0.1; 150m wind -0.8
1, Ivory Williams USA 15.32 (5.79/10.35/9.53)
2, Mario Forsythe JAM 15.60 (5.88/10.54/9.72)
3, Andy Turner GBR 15.73 (5.92/10.63/9.81)
4, Simeon Williamson GBR 16.09 (5.93/10.78/10.16)

Heat 2
100m wind -0.2; 150m wind 0.2
1, Marlon Devonish GBR 15.37 (5.84/10.41/9.53)
2, Rikki Fifton GBR 15.49 (5.86/10.48/9.63)
3, Leevan Yearwood GBR 15.52 (5.91/10.51/9.61)
4, Xavier Brown JAM 15.99 (6.01/10.81/9.98)

Women

100m wind: 0.5; 150m wind: 0.1
1, Debbie Ferguson Mckenzie BAH 16.54 (6.16/11.14/10.38)
2, Christine Ohuruogu GBR 17.10 (6.41/11.56/10.69) British Best
3, Shaunna Thompson GBR 17.20 (6.40/11.60/10.80)
4, Lee McConnell GBR 17.28 (6.53/11.67/10.75)

'B' Final
100m wind: 0.1; 150m wind: 0.3
1, Anyika Onuora GBR 17.68 (6.43/11.75/11.25)
2, Donna Fraser GBR 17.74 (6.53/11.89/11.21)
3, Montell Douglas GBR 17.78 (6.45/11.85/11.33)
4, Sarah Claxton GBR 18.13 (6.52/12.03/11.61)

First Round (First 2 to Final)
Heat 1
100m wind 0.1; 150m wind -0.8
1, Debbie Ferguson McKenzie BAH 16.90 (6.32/11.43/10.58)
2, Lee McConnell GBR 17.46 (6.64/11.90/10.82)
3, Montell Douglas GBR 17.83 (6.44/11.87/11.39)
4, Donna Fraser GBR 17.87 (6.61/12.03/11.26)

Heat 2
100m wind 0.3; 150m wind -0.9
1, Shaunna Thompson GBR 17.37 (6.47/11.73/10.90)
2, Christine Ohuruogu GBR 17.40 (6.51/11.76/10.89)
3, Anyika Onuora GBR 17.98 (6.57/11.98/11.41)
4, Sarah Claxton GBR 18.51 (6.71/12.36/11.80)