Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt was certainly not satisfied after his 9.98-second win in the 100m at yesterday’s Golden Spike meet in Ostrava, admitting that he has a lot of work to do to get up to speed. Bolt walked out of the starting blocks before building up some power midway the race and powering to the finish line without company. “The power behind the start wasn’t there. I didn’t execute,” said the Jamaican. “I had to get to work a little bit harder at the end to get up the speed.” “If I can improve that, it should be OK.” Bolt is next scheduled to compete at the Racers Grand Prix in Kingston on June 11, the National Senior Championships and then at the London Diamond League meet on July 22 before the Rio Olympic Games. However, despite posting his first sub-10 clocking of the season, the defending double Olympic sprint champion believes he still has a lot of work to do ahead of the Olympic Games. “This is a very important season. This is a very big year for me,” said Bolt. “I have a lot work to do. I just need to continue, need more races to go.” Ramon Gittens of Barbados finished second in 10.21, with Iran’s Hassan Taftian finishing third in 10.25. Other Jamaican winners included Christine Day and Javon Francis, while Kaliese Spencer had to settle for second place, with Jaheel Hyde falling before the end of his 400m hurdles event. Francis ran a well-paced race for his 400m victory, which arrived in 44.87 – his third straight sub-45 seconds clocking this season. USA’s Tony McQuay, 45.17 was next best with home boy Pavel Maslak, 45.46 finishing third. WOMEN’S 400M Day was commanding in her 51.09 win in the women’s 400m ahead of Carline Muir (Canada), 51.84 and Jessica Beard (USA), 51.88. Kaliese Spencer, 55.43, was out-sprinted by Joanna Linkiewicz (Poland), 55.40 with world champion Zuzana Hejnova (Czech) 55.69 taking third place. Young Hyde fell in his 400m hurdles event after clipping the seventh hurdle as he made his way around the 200m bend very much in the thick of the action with the event eventually going to South African LJ van Zyl, 48.67 with Johnny Dutch (USA), 49.01 finishing second and Patryk Dobek, 49.51 ending in third place. Another highlight came from Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie, who didn’t meet his 6.00m ambition after clearing 5.83m to win the pole vault, beating World champion Shawnacy Barber, who made 5.70m. Decathlon Olympic and World champion Ashton Eaton withdrew after two jumps in the long jump “During the second jump, I felt something happen in my left quad,” Eaton said. “I don’t know what happened, but I don’t want to take a risk in the Olympic season.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week While many of the Angels believe umpire Doug Eddings lost his good sense with his non-strikeout call in Wednesday’s Game 2, of a more pressing concern is the disappearance of the Angels’ offense in the first two games. There should be some credit given to the Chicago White Sox pitching, but the Angels hitters have fallen into the same trap they found themselves in many times during the regular season. As a team, the Angels are hitting .190 (12 for 63) with three extra-base hits. Vladimir Guerrero is 0 for 8, Chone Figgins is 1 for 7, Garret Anderson is 1 for 8 and Bengie Molina is 1 for 7. Earning respect White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen called Molina the best catcher in baseball, which didn’t come as news to Scioscia. The Angels left Chicago with a split, giving them the home-field advantage with three games scheduled at Angel Stadium and two at U.S. Cellular Field. But after winning Game 1, a split wasn’t the goal. “You don’t go into a series thinking you want to win two out of three, or split,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “You go into every game and you pour your heart into it, and try to win them all. Going 2-0 or 1-1 or 0-2 … there’s no lead that’s safe until you get the last out.” Playing at home has been an advantage for the Angels in the playoffs. Since 1982, the Angels are 14-5 (.737) at home, the best winning percentage in the majors (minimum 10 games) during that span. Against the White Sox, the Angels are 39-15 at home since 1995. Bats quiet “I’ve been saying that for a while,” Scioscia said. “He’s in an elite category of catchers with (Jason) Varitek, (Victor) Martinez, he’s a terrific player. Bengie bring a level of experience that matches his physical talent, which makes him a very good catcher.” — Joe Haakenson Almost an Angel Jon Garland will take the Angel Stadium mound today as the starting pitcher for the White Sox. If not for an unusual chain of events back in December 2001, Garland might have been taking the mound today wearing the red and white of the Angels. The Angels and White Sox had reportedly agreed to a trade in which Garland and outfielder Chris Singleton would come to Anaheim in exchange for Darin Erstad. Then-Angels team president Tony Tavares vetoed the deal. “It happens in baseball all the time in baseball these days, trades, moving around,” Garland said. “It happened to me in ’98 as a young kid getting traded to the White Sox (from the Cubs). It’s business. You’ve got to understand that. “If it would have happened, it would have happened, and I would have made the best of it.” Home field advantage That “Fear the Monkey’ battle cry at the Big A might work after all. The White Sox have a respectable 3-4 record at Angel Stadium in Guillen’s two seasons as a manager, including a four-game split this season. Nonetheless, the Sox speak of road games in Anaheim as a trying experience. “Most of the time we start (a West Coast road trip) in Oakland, the pitching staff in Oakland gives us problems and then we move to Anaheim and we carried the problem to here,” Guillen said. — Keven Chavez 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!