Usain Bolt quells fitness fears with season best times

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Usain Bolt blew away any fears about his fitness and fired a major warning to Justin Gatlin as he blasted to his two fastest 100 metres of the year on his return to the Olympic Stadium on Friday night.

The world’s fastest man, on his first outing for six weeks following a pelvic injury, clocked 9.87 seconds twice, to win his heat and then the final at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games.

The Jamaican stated on the eve of the meeting he had no worries about his shape a month out from the World Championships in Beijing and proved true to his word on the track where he won three Olympic gold medals at London 2012.

His run in the heat was smoother than the final, but he could take further heart from the fact both were into headwinds and in far from ideal conditions.

The six-time Olympic champion had to work hard after a poor start in the final, beating American Mike Rodgers by just 0.03secs.

And there was also a sub 10-second clocking from Great Britain’s Chijindu Ujah, who equalled his personal best by finishing fourth in 9.96s.

There was also a huge step forward for Jessica Ennis-Hill, who shattered her season’s best by clocking 12.79 to finish fifth in a world-class 100m hurdles.

The Olympic heptathlon champion, on her first appearance at the Olympic Stadium since the birth of her son Reggie last summer, will decide whether to go to the World Championships based on her performances this weekend.

She has said she wants to assess her speed before making a final call, but on this evidence it is back.

The Sheffield athlete who is back in action on Saturday in the long jump and the 200m, finished one place behind team-mate Tiffany Porter, who clocked 12.67.