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‘The Beast’ sets sublime time


LAST NIGHT (August 23) at the Lausanne, Switzerland Diamond League meeting, a Jamaican sprinter ran the joint second fastest 100m clocking in history.

Nicknamed ‘The Beast, Yohan Blake crossed the finish line in a personal best time of 9.69 seconds. Only 100m and 200m world record holder Usain Bolt has ran faster.

USA’s Tyson Gay – who ran 9.69 seconds in 2009 – was second (9.83) with Nesta Carter of Jamaica third (9.95).

Six-time Olympic gold medallist Bolt was in action in the 200m, where he won in a meeting record of 19.58 seconds ahead of Churandy Martina (19.85) and fellow Jamaican Nick Ashmeade (19.85).

There was also a victory for world and Olympic champion Kirani James. The 19-year-old from Grenada produced a time of 44.37 seconds to win the 400m.

In the women’s 100m, double Olympic gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was beaten by American Carmelita Jeter by 0.001 seconds. Both athletes were timed at 10.86 but Jeter, who finished second to Fraser-Pryce at London 2012, won it on the dip.

From a British perspective, Perri Shakes-Drayton bounced back from a disappointing Olympic Games by finishing third in the 400m hurdles in a fast time (53.83) behind the Jamaican duo of Kaliese Spencer and Melaine Walker.

South London discus thrower Lawrence Okoye produced a throw of 65.27m as well as three efforts that were beyond 64m to finish second behind Gerd Kanter of Estonia.

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