Bolt runs track-record 19.79 in 200 at Bislett

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By CIARAN FAHEY, Associated Press

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Usain Bolt bounced back from a rare defeat, setting a track record at the Bislett Games on Thursday in his first 200-meter race of the season.

"I'm not in as bad shape as I thought I was," Bolt said.

Bolt, who lost the 100 meters by 0.01 seconds in Rome the week before, finished in 19.79 seconds. He is the only one to break 20 seconds this season.

"Overall, it was a good run, I can't complain. It's sub 20," Bolt said. "I could have done better."

Norway's Jaysuma Saidy Ndure finished second with a season-best 20.36 seconds, with James Ellington of Britain third in 20.55.

Bolt topped the Bislett record set by Frank Fredericks of Namibia in 1996 by 0.03 seconds.

After losing to Justin Gatlin of the U.S. in Rome, Bolt didn't was unfazed by a false start by European 200 champion Churandy Martina of the Netherlands. Martina was disqualified and Bolt powered on, finishing strongly in Lane 6 and leaving the crowd on its feet.

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