BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) September 05, 2009– Even though Yelena Isinbayeva, Sanya Richards and Kenenisa Bekele earned a split of the $1 million Golden League jackpot yesterday, Usain Bolt claimed all the attention again with the fourth fastest 200 metres in history.
Because of a wet track and cold conditions at the Van Damme Memorial, Bolt never got close to his world record of 19.19 seconds in Berlin last month. But when it came to performing in bad conditions, nobody’s done better than his 19.57 yesterday.
Meanwhile, world 400m champion Richards led her entire race and set the season’s leading time of 48.83 seconds to claim the prize. Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu of Britain was second in 50.43.
Pole vaulter Isinbayeva needed only jump 4.70 metres to beat Poland’s Monika Pyrek on a countback. She failed three attempts at a world record of 5.07 after setting 5.06 only last week.
Two years ago, Isinbayeva won half of the jackpot, sharing it with Richards.
World and Olympic champion Bekele was not as dominant as usual but still held enough of a finishing kick to hold off fellow Ethiopian Imane Merga.
Bekele was equally bent on sharing the jackpot. After feeling tired in the wake of his fifth win at the Weltklasse last week, he flew straight back to Ethiopia for four days of high-altitude training before rushing back for yesterday’s race.