Bolt wins battle of Jamaican sprinters

Last Updated 17 July 2010, 15:59 IST

Triple Olympic champion Bolt, whose season has been interrupted by an Achilles tendon strain, pulled away over the latter part of the race from Powell, who finished second in 9.91 seconds. Bolt's time was the third fastest in the world this year.

Yohan Blake completed a Jamaican sweep of the top three with a personal best time of 9.95. “I'm happy with my time. I'm feeling very good,” said Bolt, who returned from injury last week to equal Powell's fastest time in the world this season of 9.82.

“The crowd was wonderful. Thank you for your support,” said the exuberant Jamaican, who raced in a distinctive purple vest with his surname emblazoned across the front.
His victory lap of the stadium was greeted with cheers and rapturous applause. Bolt said he completed the race without any pain from the Achilles injury and, according to his doctor, should be completely recovered in two to three weeks.

Clear skies and good conditions at the Stade de France helped provide five year's bests. Olympic bronze medallist David Oliver thundered home in the 110 metres hurdles in a time of 12.89 seconds, just 0.02 slower than the world record set two years ago by Cuba's Dayron Robles, who withdrew from Friday's meeting with an injury.

“I was hungry before this season and wanted very much again to win races. Now it is coming,” Oliver said. “Today was excellent. I broke the US record and became the third fastest under 12.90. I executed well today, maybe at 90 percent.”

In the first race of the evening, former world and Olympic 400 metres champion Jeremy Wariner coasted home in world leading 44.49 seconds. “Another world lead in the last two weeks. I still have three races this season and the goal is to run at least one of them under 44 seconds,” the American said.

In the men's 3,000 metres steeplechase, Olympic champion Brimin Kipruto of Kenya set a season's best of 8:00.90 ahead of compatriot Paul Kipsiele Koech. The women's 5,000 was comfortably won by Kenyan world champion Vivian Cheruiyot, who shaved nearly three seconds off the year's best time with 14:27.41.

Results: Men: 100M:  Usain Bolt (Jam, 9.84S) 1; Asafa Powell (Jam, 9.91S) 2; Yohan Blake (Jam, 9.95S) 3.
400M: Jeremy Wariner (US, 44.49S) 1; Jermaine Gonzales (Jam, 44.63S) 2; Jonathan Borlee (Bel, 44.77S) 3.
800M: Abubaker Kaki (Sud, 1:43.50S) 1; Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (SA, 1:44.11) 2; Marcin Lewandowski (Pol, 1:44.40) 3.
110M Hurdles: David Oliver (US, 12.89S) 1; Ryan Wilson (US, 13.12S) 2; Ronnie Ash (US, 13.21S) 3.
3000M Steeplechase: Brimin Kipruto (Ken, 8:00.90S) 1; Paul Kipsiele Koech (Ken, 8:02.07S) 2; Ezekiel Kemboi (Ken, 8:03.79S) 3.
Pole Vault: Renaud Lavillenie (Fra, 5.91M) 1; Derek Miles (US, 5.70M) 2; Maksym Mazuryk (Ukr, 5.70M) and Lukasz Michalski (Pol, 5.70M) 3.
Triple Jump: Arnie David Girat (Cub, 17.49M) 1; Alexis Copello (Cub, 17.45M) 2; Viktor Kuznyetsov (Ukr, 17.21M) 3.
Javelin Throw: Andreas Thorkildsen (Nor, 87.50M) 1; Teemu Wirkkala (Fin, 83.77M) 2; Tero Pitkaemaeki (Fin, 83.33M) 3.
Women: 200M: Allyson Felix (US, 22.14S) 1; Shalonda Solomon (US, 22.55M) 2; Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (Bah, 22.62S) 3.
1500M: Anna Alminova (Rus, 3:57.65S) 1; Christin Wurth-Thomas (US, 3:59.59S) 2; Hind Dehiba (Fra, 3:59.76S) 3.
5000M: Vivian Cheruiyot (Ken, 14:27.41S) 1;  2 Sentayehu Ejigu (Eth, 14:28.39S) 2; Elvan Abeylegesse (Tur, 14:31.52S) 3.
High Jump: Blanka Vlasic (Cro, 2.02M) 1; Chaunte Howard Lowe (US, 2.00M) 2; Svetlana Shkolina (Rus, 1.96M) 3.
Long Jump: Brittney Reese (US, 6.79M) 1; Naide Gomes (Por, 6.73M) 2; Yargelis Savigne (Cub,                   6.73M) 3.
Shot Put: Nadezhda Ostapchuk (Bel, 20.78M) 1; Valerie Vili (NZ, 20.13M) 2; Natallia Mikhnevich (Bel, 19.47M) 3.
Discus Throw: Yarelis Barrios (Cub, 65.53M) 1; Nicoleta Grasu (Rom, 63.78M) 2; Sandra Perkovic (Cro, 63.62M) 3.

(Published 17 July 2010, 15:59 IST)

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