Powell stars in Jamaican sweep of the podium

Powell stars in Jamaican sweep of the podium

Mo Farah wins 5000M; Idowu claims triple jump

Phillips Idowu of Britain wins the triple jump in Birmingham. AFP

Powell had clocked a 2011 world leading 9.78 in Lausanne 10 days ago but, without the challenge of facing the injured Tyson Gay, he still performed in a manner which again underlined his well-being ahead of next month's World Championships, where Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt awaits.

“I was only going to do enough to win today. I didn't want to push too hard,” said Powell, who kept his concentration after two false starts to finish ahead of Nesta Carter (9.93) and Michael Frater (10.01).

“I was a bit cautious in the final with all the false starts and it was cold out there so I didn't push it from the start. But it was OK. I'm fine with that. We all want to get the best start but when there's false starts it puts you in a different zone.”

The biggest cheers from a sell-out 12,500 crowd were reserved for Britain's Mo Farah, who bounded clear in impressive fashion to win the men's 5000M in 13:06.14.
European champion Farah clocked a final lap of 54 seconds, a pace that proved far too hot for rivals including Ethiopian Imane Merga, the fastest man at the distance this year but beaten into third on Sunday.

American Bianca Knight gained compensation for missing out on a place in either of the US 100M and 200M squads for the worlds by upstaging compatriots Marshevet Myers and Carmelita Jeter over the half lap.

Knight, 22, clocked 22.59, the same time as Myers with Jeter, twice a world bronze medallist over 100, third in 22.62. Jeter will contest both the 100 and 200 in Daegu with Myers in the 100.

The expected triple jump duel between world and European champion Phillips Idowu and world indoor record holder Teddy Tamgho never materialised with Briton Idowu comfortably winning with a 17.54M leap. Talented but erratic Frenchman Tamgho, who had jumped a world leading 17.91 in Lausanne, was a long way short of his best -- managing just 16.74 for fifth place. Australian Sally Pearson laid down the gauntlet to her American rivals in the women's 100M hurdles with a personal best and world leading time of 12.48.

Results: Men: 100M: Asafa Powell (Jam, 9.91S) 1; Nesta Carter (Jam, 9.93) 2; Michael Frater (Jam, 10.01) 3. 800M: Abubaker Kaki (Sud, 1:44.54) 1; Marcin Lewandowski (Pol, 1:45.47) 2; Amine Laalou (Mor, 1:45.77) 3. 5000M: Mo Farah (Bri, 13:06.14) 1; Galen Rupp (US, 13:06.86) 2; Imane Merga (Eth, 13:07.63) 3. 400M hurdles: David Greene (Bri, 48.20S) 1; Bershawn Jackson (US, 48.22) 2; Javier Culson (Pue, 48.34) 3. Triple jump: Phillips Idowu (Bri, 17.54M) 1; Alexis Copello (Cub, 17.12) 2; Arnie David Girat (Cub, 17.08) 3. Shot put: Dylan Armstrong (Can, 21.55M) 1; Tomasz Majewski (Pol, 20.90) 2; Christian Cantwell (US, 20.86) 3. Javelin: Andreas Thorkildsen (Nor, 88.30M) 1; Matthias De Zordo (Ger, 83.42) 2; Jarrod Bannister (Aus, 82.01) 3.
Women: 200M: Bianca Knight (US, 22.59S) 1; Marshevet Myers (US, 22.59) 2; Carmelita Jeter (US) 22.62 3. 400M: Amantle Montsho (Bot, 50.20S) 1; Rosemarie Whyte (Jam, 50.82) 2; Novlene Williams-Mills (Jam, 50.85) 3. 800M: Jenny Meadows (Bri, 2:02.06) 1; Lucia Klocova (Slo, 2:02.09) 2; Emma Jackson (Bri, 2:02.18) 3.
1500M: Morgan Uceny (US, 4:05.64) 1; Kalkidan Gezahegne (Eth, 4:05.96) 2; Maryam Yusuf Jamal (Bah, 4:06.39) 3.
100M hurdles: Sally Pearson (Aus, 12.48S) 1; Danielle Carruthers (US, 12.52) 2; Virginia Powell-Crawford (US, 12.79) 3.
3000M steeplechase: Sofia Assefa (Eth, 9:25.87) 1; Almaz Ayana (Eth, 9:30.27) 2; Fionnuala Britton (Ire, 9:37.93) 3.
High jump: Blanka Vlasic (Cro, 1.99M) 1; Anna Chicherova (Rus, 1.99) 2; Emma Green Tregaro (Swe, 1.90) 3.
Long jump: Janay Deloach (US, 6.78M) 1; Brittney Reese (US, 6.67) 2; Dariya Klishina (Rus, 6.64) 3. Pole vault: Silke Spiegelburg (Ger, 4.66) 1; Holly Bleasdale (Bri, 4.61) 2; Svetlana Feofanova (Rus, 4.46) 3; Fabiana Murer (Bra, 4.46) 3. Discus: Nadine Mueller (Ger, 65.75M) 1; Aretha Thurmond (US, 62.65) 2; Dani Samuels (Aus, 62.33) 3.

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