A late charge was the difference for Usain Bolt as the Jamaican sprinter won the 100 meters in the Diamond League, an annual track and field meet, in Rome on Thursday night.
The fastest man in the world came in at 9.91 seconds, just beating former world record-holder Asafa Powell, who clocked in at 9.93. European champion Christophe Lemaitre finished third at 10 seconds even.
Bolt, nicknamed Lightning, added more muscle to his 6-foot-5 frame over the offseason, and is coming off an Achilles tendon injury. He continues to state that he wants to be a legend in track and field.
I was nervous as it was my first race of the season and I didn't think it went well and the nerves got to me, Bolt said, according to the Associated Press. In fact it was a totally bad race and I'm just pleased I won.
This was Bolt's first race since losing to American Tyson Gay in August 2010.
Powell has now lost to Bolt in nine of their 10 meetings.