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Mike Rosenbaum

Usain Bolt Tunes Up at 400 Meters

By February 14, 2013

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Usain Bolt in the 400 meters? Some observers believe that Bolt will eventually move on to a new challenge, after dominating the short sprints in recent years. The Jamaican has yet to show any real interest in the one-lap event, but he did run his first 400-meter race in three years on Feb. 9, during the Camperdown Classic in Kingston. There's no doubt that Bolt used the race as an early-season tuneup, and nothing more. But as with everything else Bolt does on the track, his performance was observed with interest. Bolt won his race in 46.74 seconds, well off his personal best of 45.28, but still impressive after the long layoff. Yohan Blake also ran the 400 at the meet - but in a different race - posting a similar time but finishing third in 46.77.

Pole vaulting accounted for many of the past week's other indoor headlines. Germany's Bjorn Otto cleared 5.90 meters (19 feet, 4 inches) to win the Feb. 8 meet in Dusseldorf, while Renaud Lavillenie of France topped 5.85/19-2 to claim victory at the Pole Vault Stars meet in Donetsk, Ukraine on Feb. 9. On the women's side, Holly Bleasdale triumphed at the UK Championships on Feb. 9, clearing 4.77/15-7, while Cuba's Yarisley Silva cleared 4.76/15-7 to win at Donetsk.

Other notable performances included Ukraine's Olha Saladuha winning the triple jump in Dusseldorf (14.52/47-7), while Ryan Whiting (21.38/70-1) out-dueled fellow American Cory Martin (20.98/68-10) to win the shot put title in Bydgoszcz, Poland on Tuesday.

Upcoming meets include the British Grand Prix and the Millrose Games, both beginning this Saturday.

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