Athletics: Usain Bolt makes triumphant 100m start to season

Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrating after winning the final of the men's 200 metres athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, on Aug 27, 2015.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrating after winning the final of the men's 200 metres athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, on Aug 27, 2015.PHOTO: AFP

GEORGE TOWN (Cayman Islands) (AFP) - World 100- and 200-metre record holder Usain Bolt of Jamaica opened his 2016 season on Saturday with a 100m victory in 10.05 seconds at the Cayman Invitational.

Making his fist strides on the road to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August, he crossed the finish line .07 of a second ahead of American runner-up Dentarius Locke.

"It wasn't the best, but as long as I come out injury free, that's the key thing," Bolt said.

"I didn't feel as smooth as I wanted to, but as I always say, it's hard to just come into your first race and do extra well."

Jamaican Kemar Bailey-Cole, who trains with Bolt at Racers Track Club, was third in 10.18 with a light tailwind of 0.1m/sec.

The 29-year-old superstar had not competed since winning three gold medals at last August's World Championships in Beijing.

Bolt, who owns the 100m world record at 9.58sec and the world 200m record of 19.19, was off his pre-meet projection of a victory in 9.91.