Bolt wins race on Copacabana beach

Usain Bolt plays "foovolley" in a promotional event at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro ahead of his 150m race.

Story highlights

  • Usain Bolt wins exhibition race in Rio, which will host the 2016 Olympic Games
  • Jamaican says he is happy with his opening sprint race of the new season
  • He beats fellow Caribbean runner Daniel Bailey over the rarely-run distance

Sprint star Usain Bolt gave sports fans a taste of what to expect at the 2016 Rio Olympics when he won an exhibition race on Copacabana beach on Sunday.

The six-time Olympic gold medalist was unable to break his record for the 150 meters distance, but still got his season off to a winning start in the Brazilian city.

He won in a time of 14.42 seconds on a specially constructed track in hot conditions in front of a reported 3,000 spectators.

"It was my first sprint race, definitely a good start for the season," Bolt said in quotes reported by his website.

"I'm looking forward to coming down here in 2016."

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Bolt set the record for 150m in Manchester in 2009 when he clocked 14.35. This time the Jamaican headed off fellow West Indian Daniel Bailey of Antigua (14.88) and third-placed Brazilian Bruno Barrios (14.91).

The distance is rarely run by top-level athletes, though in 1997 the previous year's Olympic 100m champion Donovan Bailey of Canada took on 200/400 gold medalist Michael Johnson in an unofficial clash to determine the "world's fastest man" -- but the American pulled up short with a leg injury.

Before Bolt set the record in 2009, the previous best over 150m was the 14.80 recorded by Italy's Moscow Olympics 200m champion Pietro Mennea in 1983.