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Usain Bolt wins easy in Oslo, makes statement

Jun 13, 2013, 4:18 PM EDT

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After his loss to Justin Gatlin in Rome last week, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt was looking for redemption and looking to make a statement with his 200m race in Oslo Thursday. He didn’t disappoint, breaking the tape in a meet record and 2013 world’s best 19.79 seconds, well clear of the pack.

“I’m not in as bad shape as I thought I was,” Bolt told reporters. “Overall it was a good run, I can’t complain. It’s sub 20… I could have done better.”

Norway’s Jaysuma Ndure finished in second on his home soil, clocking 20.36, and Great Britain’s James Ellington was third, coming in at 20.55.

Bolt, who ran a 200m world record 19.19 at the 2009 World Championships, likely could have won with a lackluster performance in Oslo’s cold and wet conditions Thursday, especially after his stiffest competition, Churandy Martina of Netherlands Antilles, was DQ’d for a false start. But Bolt gritted his teeth all the way through the finish, offering a display of effort rarely seen by Bolt, who’s faced questions of motivation since last week’s loss.

“I’m always confident in whatever I am doing,” he explained to the press earlier this week. “As long as my coach is not worried, I’m not worried, and my coach is not worried. So I’m definitely confident that I’ll be up to standard, that I’ll be able to perform to defend my titles.”

And because Bolt is ever the showman, he arrived to the track in a Forumla 1 car, did the running man and robot while waiting for the race to start, and gave fans exactly what they wanted: a win.

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