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Shanghai a breeze for Bolt


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SHANGHAI – Jamaica’s Usain Bolt snatched victory in the 200 metres at the Diamond League meet in Shanghai yesterday with a time of 19.76 seconds – his second win in as many races this season.The reigning world and Olympic champion over 100 and 200 metres was never tested, finishing out in relaxed style ahead of Americans Angelo Taylor, who finished in 20.34 seconds, and Ryan Bailey (20.43 seconds).“It was a good run. The feeling was good but it was not easy,” Bolt said. “I am not in the best of shape, but I enjoyed it.”The win builds on an excellent start to Bolt’s season that began with a year’s best 9.86-second win in the 100 metres on Wednesday at Daegu in South Korea.The Jamaican said he did not feel under pressure to set new marks, citing this season’s lack of an Olympics or World Championship to up the stakes. He said rival Tyson Gay of the United States should feel free to chase his record.“This year I said I’m not going to chase any records,” Bolt said. “It doesn’t matter if I get beaten this season, because it’s the offseason.“If Tyson decides that he wants to break a record, fine with me. If he wants to chase them down, I have no problem with that. I’m just going to run and stay unbeaten this season. I’m looking forward to the clashes.”Carmelita Jeter of the United States claimed victory in the women’s 100 metres in 11.09 seconds, surging past Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser (11.29) and Chandra Sturrup of the Bahamas (11.38).Jeremy Wariner won the men’s 400 metres in 45.41 seconds, followed by fellow American David Neville (45.70) and Britain’s Michael Bingham (45.84).Janet Jepkosgei Busienei of Kenya won the women’s 800 in 2 minutes, 1.06 seconds. (AP)


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