LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Usain Bolt won the 100 meters at the Athletissima meet in 9.82 seconds Thursday, returning from an Achilles' tendon injury to matching the year's fastest time.
The Jamaican beat countryman Yohan Blake (9.96) and Churandy Martina (10.16) of the Netherlands Antilles in a race created for Bolt after he pulled out of the 200 meters in the Diamond League event.
On a sweltering, airless night, Bolt equaled Asafa Powell's time of 9.82 in Rome on June 10. The two Jamaicans will meet in Paris next week.
"It's going to be something big," Bolt said.
Bolt, the Olympic and world champion in the 100 and 200, said his Achilles' tendon was still "slightly" painful during the race. Still, he exceeded his expectations of a 9.88 finish and said he hopes to return to the 200 before the end of the season, provided his doctor gives the OK.
Cuba's Dayron Robles won the 110-meter hurdles in 13.01 seconds. He was followed by Ryan Wilson of the United States in 13.21 and countryman David Payne in 13.22.
Some athletes, including Russian high jumper Ivan Ukhov, complained about noise in the stands from vuvuzelas, the ear-buzzing World Cup horns adopted by a handful of track fans.
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