Double Olympic champion Usain Bolt won the Jamaican 200 metres national title on Sunday, his first run at that distance this year, but conceded he is far from top shape ahead of the world championships in August.
After bursting through the bend, Bolt eased off in the final stages to finish with a time of 20.25, nearly a full second shy of his world record 19.30 set at the final of the Beijing Games last year.
“I’m feeling alright, I’m a little bit tired because I am not really in the best shape of my life, but I’m OK,” Bolt told reporters after the race.
“There were a lot of fast guys behind me so I ran the corner pretty hard and then I came off and saw where I was and shut it down — it was ok,” said Bolt, who also won the 100 metres race on Saturday.
A no-nonsense Bolt crossed the line without celebration in front of cheering home fans to finish ahead of Steve Mullings, second with 20.40, and Marvin Anderson on 20.63.
The run was enough to win the national title and secure passage to the world championships, but betrayed little of the power the Jamaican revealed last year.