- SHANGHAI - Jamaica's Usain Bolt snatched victory in the 200 metres at the Diamond League meet in Shanghai yesterday with a time of 19.76 seconds - his second win in as many races this season.
The reigning world and Olympic champion over 100 and 200 metres was never tested, finishing out in relaxed style ahead of Americans Angelo Taylor, who finished in 20.34 seconds, and Ryan Bailey (20.43 seconds).
"It was a good run. The feeling was good but it was not easy," Bolt said. "I am not in the best of shape, but I enjoyed it."
The win builds on an excellent start to Bolt's season that began with a year's best 9.86-second win in the 100 metres on Wednesday at Daegu in South Korea.
The Jamaican said he did not feel under pressure to set new marks, citing this season's lack of an Olympics or World Championship to up the stakes.
"I did not choose my lane, I did not know I was in lane six . I actually only found out when I got to the track, unless my agent (Ricky Simms) talked to my coach and agreed it."
Whether Simms and Bolt's coach were experimenting and giving the world record holder the chance to test himself out in an unhelpful lane has not been revealed. But it made little difference as Bolt spread-eagled the opposition to win in a time which only Tyson Gay and Wallace Spearmon of the current crop of sprinters have bettered.
Bolt, whose next outing is over 300m at the IAAF World Challenge in Ostrava on Thursday, again insisted he has no plans to chase world records this season.His decision remains firm despite his arch-rival Gay insisting last week in Manchester - where he achieved a world 200m best performance in a straight line race - he might have to go faster than his world-leading marks if he is to beat Gay and Asafa Powell.