Bolt almost sets new 150m world record
Usain Bolt came within 0.08 seconds of setting a new 150m record as he began his season on the Copacabana beach over the weekend.
Bolt, a six-time Olympic champion, is the current owner of the 150m record, which he set in Manchester back in 2009.
However, he came extremely close to setting a new marker over the distance when he clocked 14.42 seconds in Rio de Janeiro. The Jamaican led from the start in the four-man field, and appeared to ease up towards the line.
"It was my first sprint race, definitely a good start for the season," Bolt said. "I'm looking forward to the Olympics here in 2016."
The race was run over a specially designed raised track on Copacabana Beach. Bolt faced only three rivals who battled it out for second place.
Local star Bruno Lins of Brazil finished second in a time of 14.91, with Ecuador's Alex Quinones third and Daniel Bailey of Antigua and Barbuba fourth.
It is hoped Bolt will make his first competitive appearance in the UK since 2009 later this year, at the planned London 2012 Anniversary Games in July. Hugely restrictive tax rules have curtailed his involvement in recent years, but "positive talks" are reported to have taken place.