BRUSSELS - Under black clouds on a damp and cool day, Usain Bolt was brilliant again, running the fourth-fastest 200 meters in history Friday to upstage three athletes splitting a $1 million jackpot for winning their events in all six Golden League meets this season.
Because of a wet track at the Van Damme Memorial, Bolt never got close to the world record of 19.19 seconds he set in Berlin last month, but he still posted a 19.57-second effort.
"I was fatigued in the last 20-30 meters," Bolt said. "But the crowd gave me that extra push."
Meanwhile, Yelena Isinbayeva, Sanya Richards and Kenenisa Bekele each claimed $333,333.
World 400 champion Richards set the season's leading time of 48.83 seconds to claim her prize. Pole vaulter Isinbayeva failed to break her world record (16 feet, 7-1/4 inches) but cleared 15 feet, 5 inches to win. World and Olympic 5,000 champion Bekele held off fellow Ethiopian Imane Merga, winning in 12 minutes, 55.31 seconds to Merga's 12.55.66.
A Kenyan quartet beat the oldest world record in track, eclipsing the 32-year-old 4x1,500 meter mark of West Germany. William Biwott, Gideon Gathimba, Geoffrey Rono and Augustine Choge set a time of 14 minutes, 36.23 seconds, beating the old mark (14:38.8) by more than 2-1/2 seconds.
Jamaicans face ban: Four Jamaican runners told the country's appeals tribunal that they used a banned substance. Yohan Blake, Lansford Spence, Marvin Anderson and Allodin Fothergill admitted to taking a stimulant before the national championships in June and face a ban of up two years. A sentencing hearing is set for Sept. 14.
Spurned Wolves find guard help
The Timberwolves wasted little time moving on after being rebuffed by draft pick Ricky Rubio, signing restricted free agent Ramon Sessions to an offer sheet. The Bucks have seven days to match the four-year, $16 million offer. Rubio decided to stay in Spain for at least the next two seasons, creating a hole at point guard behind rookie Jonny Flynn.
More NBA: Kings point guard Beno Udrih injured his left knee while playing for the Slovenian national team. He's expected to miss up to three weeks.
WNBA:Amber Holt scored 11 of her 18 in the fourth quarter and overtime and host Connecticut kept its hopes alive for making the playoffs, beating New York 88-85 and eliminating the Liberty from contention.
Well-traveled Eminger a Duck
The Ducks signed former Lightning defenseman Steve Eminger to a two-year contract. He played for Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Florida last season, compiling a career-high 26 points. The former first-round pick by Washington was traded three times in less than nine months, culminating in his move to the Panthers last March. The Ducks also acquired left wing Shawn Weller from Ottawa in a trade for right wing Jason Bailey.
More NHL: The Blue Jackets signed center Derick Brassard to a four-year, $12.8 million extension through the 2013-14 season.
Soccer: The American men host El Salvador in a World Cup qualifier today in Sandy, Utah, clinging to one of the three guaranteed spots in their region with only three points separating the top four teams.