LITESPORT 36 Wednesday, 8 July 2009 London Lite Usain reigns in rain with a lightning Bolt USAIN BOLT ran a superb 19.59secs in atrocious conditions to win the 200m at the Athletissima meeting in Lausanne last night. The Olympic champion and world record holder for the distance defied the howling wind and pouring rain at the Swiss meeting as he recorded the second best 200m of his life. Bolt showed that in better conditions he will be capable of approaching the 19.30secs mark with which he snatched away Michael Johnsons previous record in Beijing last August. The 22-year-old Jamaican just missed the years world best of 19.59secs set by his arch-rival Tyson Gay in New York at the end of May. Cuban Dayron Robles, the Olympic 110m hurdles gold medallist, continued his unbeaten summer, winning in a time of 13.18secs. British European No1 Andy Turner finished fifth, posting a mark of 13.55secs in his last race before this weekends Aviva World trials in Birmingham. BY DAVID DIBBLE Raining champ: Usain Bolt Nadal mourns tragic Mathieu, dead at 24 RAFAEL NADAL last night led tributes to French tennis player Mathieu Montcourt, found dead outside his Paris flat at the age of 24, while serving a five-week ban for gambling on other players matches. An autopsy on Montcourt, who was ranked 119th in the world, will be carried out later today. Nadal, the former French and Wimbledon champion, said: I heard about the death of our friend Mathieu. I am still in shock and I cant believe it. I knew Mathieu since we were kids. We competed together at all the events. When someone like this disappears, you really know where we are and the relativeness of winning or losing a tennis match, of not competing at an event or anything else. This is the loss of a guy who was only 24. Montcourt mainly played in Challenger events but made the second round of the French Open in May. Montcourt had been cleared of influencing the outcome of any matches although he was banned for eight weeks last August by the ATP --but that was reduced on appeal in May. BY KRISS IVERSEN Tragic: Mathieu Montcourt Gaunts haunted by Open failure LONDON-BASED Australian Daniel Gaunt has qualified for his first Open at Turnberry next week -- but will give up golf if things dont go well. After grabbing one of the four places on offer at Kilmarnock Barassie last night, Gaunt revealed that he had given himself just three weeks either to make some money or to quit the game. I dont want to, but I have two kids and a wife to support, he said. Since losing his European Tour card in 2004, Gaunt has been trying to make a living on the EuroPro Tour and also works for a golf merchandising company in Sandown. They have offered him a full-time job and he added: I will take it and get back to playing next year. But should be shine at Turnberry, he might be persuaded to go on trying after seeing his brother Chris miss out at on qualifying at Glasgow Gailes by just one shot. Jose Maria Olazabal also missed out. Scottish brothers Elliott and Lloyd Saltman made it. Open for glory: Daniel Gaunt Poulter banks on a winatLochLomond IAN POULTER believes he could snatch the Scottish Open this week- end, setting himself up for an Open shot at Turnberry next week. Listen, if Ive got a chance on Sunday afternoon and I need to make three or four down the last Ill be trying for sure, said the world No 16 ahead of tomorrows start at Loch Lomond. Last years Open runner-up -- he had finished 25th in the Scottish Open seven days earlier -- knows nobody has ever won both tourna- ments before but dismissed reports of a jinx as an old wives tale And he has calmed down from Sundays outburst in Paris when he blamed the clicking of a camera for ending his French Open hopes. I was looking to have a chance potentially on the next few holes to get in a play-off, if not win it. Iwalkedoff veryfrustrated,very angry. I was a little hot-headed and obviously I said a few things which probably I wouldnt have said on Monday morning in reflection. Among his comments was that he would not be returning next year, but when asked, he replied: No, French is finished. French is done. Ive said enough. Thank you. Im looking forward to playing a good golf course this week, with a very strong field, and you know, getting on to more good rounds of golf. Ive had a lot of success around thisgolf courseanditwouldbenice to carry the form into The Open with another strong week. With four points out of five at the RyderCupandanothersecondplace atthePlayersChampionshipinMay, Poulter is brimming with confi- dence about his prospects. Theres a lot thats happened last year which I think has changed my view on how I play golf and has helped me into becoming more consistent. Scot Martin Laird, who qualified for The Open in America, makes a rare return to Scotland after years on the US PGA tour. He said: Its obviously brilliant tobeback.Ivenevercomebackand played golf in Scotland before. I try to get back twice a year, but the last few years Ive only come back over Christmas. I live in Arizona and am settled there. I wish I could come back and play here, but Ive not quite had the success yet on the PGA Tour where I can afford to take many weeks of and play in Europe. Hopefully in the next few years I can get to that level where I can. BY NEAL COLLINS In the swing: Ian Poulter believes he has a chance in the Scottish Open index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html