Athletics: Usain Bolt wins 100-meter race on Rio beach

AP, Sunday 17 Aug 2014

Jamaican Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt falls during a footvolley match ahead of the "Mano a Mano" challenge (Photo:Reuters)

Usain Bolt won a 100-meter race set up on a Rio de Janeiro beach with a time of 10.06 seconds on Sunday.

Bolt cruised to victory on the four-lane track at Leme beach, easily beating Mark Lewis-Francis of Great Britain, Jefferson Liberato Lucindo of Brazil and Wallace Spearmon of the United States.

Bolt said he felt ''sluggish'' and that his final time was compromised by ''a poor start.'' He said he expects to do better ''in a couple of races.''

It was Bolt's first 100-meter race of the year.

Brazilian Rosangela Santos won the women's race in 11.33 seconds, beating Jamaican Schillonie Calvert and three-time Olympic medalist Carmelita Jeter of the United States, who holds the second-fastest time in history with 10.64. Fellow American Cleo VanBuren finished fourth.

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