The best of Bolt yet to come -- Bailey

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

When Olympic sprint sensation Usain Bolt of Jamaica crossed the finish line at Varsity Stadium last night, the scoreboard flashed the number, 9.2.

Which stunned everyone, including former Olympic 100-metre champion and world-record holder Donovan Bailey of Oakville. Bolt already holds the world record in the 100 of 9.69 seconds, set last summer at the Beijing Olympics. A 9.2 would be unworldly -- especially this early in the season in the pouring rain.

Upon further calculation, it was revealed that Bolt's winning time in the 100 metre Festival of Excellence race was a slightly more modest 10 seconds flat -- still not a bad time considering that the track was wet, it was cool and there were two false starts.

SMOOTH

But for Bailey, Bolt's performance under such conditions further proves that the 22-year-old Jamaican will take sprinting to heights no one could have imagined a few years ago.

"He's so smooth (and) he's getting stronger every day," said Bailey, who set the world mark of 9.84 in winning the 1996 Olympic title. "I said in Beijing, the guy who had the most improvement to make in the 100 metres was Usain Bolt and obviously he has worked on consistency out of the blocks and conditioning. So he's going to do some very lovely things. He could have gone 9.5 in Beijing and that's in his repertoire right now."

Bailey did not rule out the idea of Bolt running the 100 in 9.4 in future years.

"You have to understand that this is by far the very best specimen in track and field ever," Bailey said. "He's going to do things that none of us has seen."

Despite the cold and the rain, Bolt did a victory lap for the fans and two more laps with the kids.

"I got through the race injury free, so that's a good thing," he said. "I had to be careful."

Shawn Crawford of the U.S. was second (10.25), while countryman Ivory Williams was third (10.28).


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