Updated: Monday, 18 August 2014 02:56 | By Agence France-Presse

Beach boy Bolt wins Copacabana 100m

Olympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt won his first 100m of 2014 on Sunday in an exhibition race run on Rio's iconic Copacabana beach, two years out from the 2016 Olympics.

Beach boy Bolt wins Copacabana 100m

Jamaican sprinter and Olympic multi-champion Usain Bolt (C), competes during an exhibition race at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 17, 2014 - by Vanderlei Almeida

The Jamaican superstar won in a time of 10.6sec although Bolt had predicted a sub-10sec time when he faced the press on Friday.

Britain's Mark Lewis Francis (10.42sec) and Jefferson Liberato of Brazil (10.44sec) shared the podium with Bolt who, after an injury-hit season, was running his first 100m since Brussels in September last year when he won in 9.80sec.

"I had a poor start but I regained some of my poise later in the race," Bolt told TV Globo.

"I felt a bit heavy, and I need to compete in more races... I will be in better shape after that."

The 27-year-old Bolt will compete in his final Olympics in Rio in 2016 before calling time on his career in 2017 after the world championships.

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