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Bolt and Blake impressive at Zurich Diamond League

Nickel Ashmeade - 2012 Adidas GP NY . Photo by O'Neil Reid

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake continued their impressive sprinting display during the  penultimate stop on the Diamond League tour as they won their individual events today in Zurich in the rain on a very wet track. Bolt won the 200m in a  brisk time of 19.66 seconds while training partner Yohan “the Beast” Blake took the 100m race in 9.76 seconds.

Bolt led Jamaica 200m Sweep

Bolt led a Jamaican sweep of the first 4 positions in the men’s 200m. Bolt took the top spot in 19.66 seconds, followed by Nickel Ashmeade (19.85 – personal best), Jason Young (20.08) and Warren Weir (20.18). American Wallace Spearmon was 5th in 20.22 seconds.

With this victory Bolt moved into 2nd place in the 200m diamond league standing with 12 points, 3 points behind Ashmeade who took the men’s 200m diamond league crown with 15 points. Bolt, who solidified his legendary status by successfully defending his 100m and 200m Olympics titles in London, is said to be looking forward to the end of the season and going back to Jamaica.

Blake triumphs in 9.76

Blake, the double silver medalist in the 100m and 200m in London, took the men’s 100m race in a meet-record time of 9.76 seconds (+1.4m/s) ahead of  fellow – Jamaican  Nesta Carter (9.95- SB) and American Ryan Bailey (9.97). Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis took 4th place in 10.01 seconds. With Tyson Gay out of the race for committing a false start infraction, Blake was never seriously challenged and easily won the event in 9.76 second while pulling away from the rest of the field.

Blake is next set to compete in Brussels, the city where he last year ran the second fastest 200m race in history, stopping the clock in a personal best time of 19.26 seconds.

Fraser wins 1st diamond

Jamaica’s  Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce won the women’s 100m race in 10.83 seconds ahead of the American duo of Carmelita Jeter (10.97) and Allyson Felix (11.02). With the victory, Fraser-Pryce added the women’s 100m diamond league crown to her 100m Olympic title.

Other winners

American Angelo Taylor won the men’s 400m hurdles race in 48.26 seconds ahead of Cuba’s Omar Cisneros (48.34) and Trinidad and Tobago’s  Jehue Gordon (48.40).

David Rudisha - 2012 Adidas GP NY- Photo by O'Neil Reid

Dawn Harper led a USA sweep of the 4 top spots in the women’s 100m hurdles race. Harper took the top spot in 12.68 seconds ahead of Queen Harrison (12.68), Kellie Wells (12.69) and Virginia Crawford (12.73).

The biggest upset of the meet came in the men’s 800m where the world record-holder and Olympic champion David Rudisha was defeated by 18 year-old Ethiopian Mohammed Aman. Aman won the event in a national record time 1:42.53 ahead of Rudisha (1:42.81).

American Sanya Richards-Ross captured the women’s 400m race in 50.21 seconds ahead of  Botswana’s Amantle Montsho (50.33) and Jamaica’s Rosemarie Whyte (50.41). By virtue of her 2nd place finished, Montsho captured the diamond league crown with 20 points ahead of Richards-Ross with 16 points.

 

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