Bolt runs fastest 100m time of the year but wind is over legal limit

Usain Bolt ran the fastest 100 metres in the world this year with a breathtaking performance of 9.77 seconds last night only for the wind to be a fraction over the legal limit at the IAAF Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava.

The Olympic champion scorched ahead of his rivals in his first European track meeting this year and, but for the wind, his effort would have eclipsed the meeting record of 9.85sec, set by Asafa Powell.

Bolt, with a following wind reading 2.1 metres per second, was slowest out of the blocks but once the Olympic champion stretched out he overpowered the opposition.

Craig Pickering ran one of the races of his career to finish second in 10.08, well clear of the Frenchman Ronald Pognon, who clocked 10.15.