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Bolt eases to 19.76secs; Campbell-Brown sizzled to 10.87 at London Grand Prix

26 July 2008

By Gary Smith

Word 100m record holder Usain Bolt ran the fastest all-comers 200m dash in UK when he blasted his way to victory in the men's race in 19.76seconds (-0.4 m/s) at the Aviva London Grand Prix.

Veronica Campbell-Brown fired home to victory in the women's 100m with a blistering 10.86-seconds.

Campbell-Brown used her strength and power to catch fellow countrywoman Shelly Ann Frazer who took second in 10.95.

"I'm in a great position to defend my 200 metres title in Beijing," the Jamaican said. "As for the 100, that's up to the selectors."

Marshevet Hooker of the United States was third in 11.07, with world leader Torri Edwards, also of the United States finishing fourth in 11.09.

Bolt, in the meantime, covered the entire field, including American World bronze medallist Wallace Spearmon of USA in the first 50m before easing up some 10m before the finish line to win easily. His winning time was the second fastest time in the world this year, behind his own 19.67 and 19.83.

So easily was the victory by Bolt, he had time to start looking behind at the entire field with 50m left in the race.

"I only came to work on some things before the Olympic Games," Bolt told reporters after the race. "I wasn't out here to do anything else."

"It was pretty good...I came out here with a plan and I did execute it well," the 21-year-old Bolt, said.

Spearmon, trying to use his familiar come back run in the end was unable to catch Bolt and had to settle for a distant second in 20.27, with Irishman Paul Hession taking third in 20.37.

In the women's 400m hurdles, Jamaican Malaine Walker also signaled her form going into the Olympic Games with another win over a strong field in Europe.

The Jamaican champion clocked 54.22 to leave World bronze medallist Anna Jesien of Poland back into second in 54.98.

In the women's 100m hurdles, American champion Lolo Jones left it late to take home the win in 12.58secs over Australian Sally McLellan (12.61) and Olympic champion Joanna Hayes (12.63). Jamaica's Brigitte Foster-Hylton finished fourth in 12.67.

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