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LONDON---Usain Bolt sprinted to a second
Diamond League victory inside 24 hours in
London yesterday in what could be his last
race in England.
Exactly a year after the start of the 2012
Summer Games, Bolt anchored a Jamaican
relay team to victory in the Olympic Stadium
at the London leg of the Diamond League---
this year also called the Anniversary Games.
The Racers Track Club finished the 4x100
race in 37.74 seconds, a day after Bolt s victory
in the individual sprint in the London stadium
where he swept three gold medals last year.
"We haven t run a lot of relays together,
but just being around each other we can under-
stand each other and know how fast we are
personally so it worked out very well," Bolt
The 26-year-old Bolt led home teammates
Mario Forsythe, Kemar Bailey-Cole and Warren
Weir ahead of France and Canada.
"I m the team leader and I try to keep them
focused and give them wisdom," Bolt said.
About 60,000 fans packed into the Olympic
Stadium which temporarily reopened to host
the Diamond League meet before closing again
to be revamped into a multi-sport stadium,
which will be used by Premier League team
West Ham from the 2016-17 season.
"It is always beautiful and always wonderful
in London, I really enjoy it here," Bolt said.
"It is just an extremely great stadium and I
Bolt isn t happy, though, with the country s
He only returned to London to compete
because the British government agreed to an
amnesty that allowed international athletes
to compete tax-free at this meet as they did
at the Olympics.
Taxes are usually imposed on appearance
fees and prize money for nonresident athletes
in all sports when in action here.
Bolt said returning here to race "depends
on what the tax laws say, if they say it s OK
I will be here next year."
A tax exemption is in place for the Com-
monwealth Games in Glasgow next year, but
Bolt is not committing to competing in the
And the government does not appear willing
to waive its tax rules whenever it suits Bolt.
"You have to be a little bit careful about
this," Sports Minister Hugh Robertson told
The Associated Press.
"We have a very straight forward modus
operandi with the Treasury whereby whenever
we need a tax break for a particular event
we make the case, they look at it and they
have been very good at granting it as they
were for Usain Bolt.
"You have to just realize, though, that all
these decisions are taken against the backdrop
of the national economy and giving and giving
tax breaks to wealthy sports stars when the
economy is in the state it is at the moment
is something that needs careful decision on
a case-by-case basis."
Mo Farah also made a winning return to
the Olympic Stadium, treating the home crowd
to a dominant victory in the 3,000.
The Briton produced a devastating final lap,
storming in front with around 500 to go to
win in 7 minutes, 36.85 seconds --- more than
five seconds ahead of Ryan Hill of the United
"It s great to be back," said Farah, who won
the 5,000 and 10,000 double at the Olympics.
"It was a good race and the crowd were great
... I wanted to make them proud."
Other Olympic champions also replicated
their success in London.
Sally Pearson won the 100 hurdles in 12.65,
around a tenth of a second ahead of Tiffany
Porter of Britain.
It was a disappointing day for another
Briton, however, as Olympic heptathlon cham-
pion Jessica Ennis-Hill finishing fourth in the
race as she returned from injury.
Pearson has been struggling with hamstring
problems this season, but looks to be finding
her form ahead of the world championships
The 110 hurdles was won by David Oliver,
the American who failed to qualify for the
Olympics last year.
Bolt anchors Jamaicans to victory in London
Jamaica's Usain Bolt, right, crosses the line to win the men's 400m relay for his team Racers
Track Club during the Diamond League athletics meet at the stadium in the Queen Elizabeth
Olympic Park, London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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