Blake's personal best seals another win
Friday 09 September 2011
World 100 metres champion Yohan Blake ran a personal best of 9.82sec at the Zurich Diamond League meeting last night in his first race since winning gold in Daegu, South Korea.
Cuba's world record holder Dayron Robles, stripped of the gold medal in Daegu for impeding China's Liu Xiang, won the 110m hurdles with Britain's Andy Turner fifth and world champion Kirani James of Grenada defeated LaShawn Merritt again to win the 400m.
Asafa Powell, who missed the World Championships through injury, was first out of the blocks in the 100m but his Jamaican compatriot Blake caught him by the halfway stage and charged away for a comfortable win. Powell was second in 9.95sec and American world silver medallist Walter Dix a distant third in 10.04. Usain Bolt did not compete. "I ran a perfect race, the future looks good for me," Blake said.
Britain's Jenny Meadows responded to her World Championship disappointment by coming third in the 800m. The Briton failed to make the final in Daegu but her performance last night ensured she won the Diamond Race – the aggregate of results over the season – and the $40,000 (£25,000) prize that goes with it.
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