Bolt wins 100m in Jamaica
Usain Bolt won the 100m in 9.82 seconds in the Jamaica International Invitational on Saturday night, a month before the sprinting powerhouse’s Olympic trials. The crowd cheered wildly when Bolt won in his first 100 of the year, giving him a standing ovation after the race that had two false starts. The time was the fastest in the world this year. “It’s always a joy,” Bolt said. “I was very happy to come here and see all the people who came out.” The crowd included Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. Even before the race, the confident Bolt got the hometown crowd going with a quick “To Di World” pose, in which he points to the sky as if he’s about to shoot an arrow into the sky. Jamaica’s Michael Frater was second in 10.00 seconds. In the night’s final race, Yohan Blake of Jamaica dominated the 200m, with 19.91, the best time in the world this season.
Cilic makes Munich final
Third-seeded Marin Cilic beat German veteran Tommy Haas in straight sets on Saturday to reach the final of the BMW Open in Munich, where he will face 2007 winner Philipp Kohlschreiber. Cilic, the 2010 finalist, dropped just five points from his own serve as the 23-year-old Croat defeated Haas 6-3, 6-4 in one hour, 15 minutes. The 34-year-old Haas was once ranked as high as No. 2, but has dropped to No. 134. He was playing in his first ATP semi-final since August 2009 after receiving a wild card into the clay-court tournament. The fourth-seeded Kohlschreiber beating -second-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-4. The 28-year-old German was hoping to lift his first trophy yesterday since winning the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany last year.
Seppi, Paire in Serbia final
Second-seeded Andreas Seppi from Italy and Benoit Paire of France reached the Serbia Open final in Belgrade on Saturday. Seppi rallied to beat fourth-seeded David Nalbandian 2-6, 6-2, 7-5. Nalbandian easily won the opening set, but Seppi returned the pressure and eventually broke at 5-4 in the third to serve out the match. Nalbandian committed seven double-faults. Seppi said it took him a while to adapt to playing an evening match. He said he expected a tough match from Paire yesterday. Paire upset top-seeded Pablo Andujar of Spain to reach his first final on the ATP Tour. Paire served seven aces in winning 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. Andujar started off well, breaking early in the first set, but Paire responded by breaking twice for a 5-3 lead and serving out the set. Paire previously eliminated sixth-seeded Fabio Fognini, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and third-seeded Jarkko Nieminen.
Phinney wins Giro first stage
American Taylor Phinney won the first stage of the Giro d’Italia, an 8.7km individual time trial in Herning, Denmark, on Saturday. Phinney becomes the first American to wear the pink jersey since Christian Vande Velde when Garmin won the opening team time trial in Palermo in 2008. An outstanding performance from the BMC Racing cyclist was timed at 10.26 minutes, nine seconds ahead of British cyclist Geraint Thomas (Sky Procycling) in the 198-strong field. Ramunas Navardauskas of Garmin-Barracuda led for most of the day, but was eventually overtaken by Saxo Bank’s Manuele Boaro. The Giro continued with two more flat stages in Denmark for sprinters yesterday and today before moving to Italy on Wednesday.