WINNER: Yohan Blake
ASAFA POWELL has had to admit that Yohan Blake has now grown up. New world 100m champion Yohan Blake produced a personal best of 9.82 seconds to beat Asafa Powell in Zurich at the latest Diamond League meeting last night.
Powell, who previously suggested Blake was just a "boy" after beating him in the Jamaica national trials in June, has now acknowledged that Blake had stepped up to the top ranks after wining the IAAF World Championship title in Daegu, South Korea.
"He's there, he's won the World Championship," said Powell, who ran a world-leading 9.78 at Lausanne in June, before being sidelined by a hip flexor problem.
Twenty year-old Blake stumbled slightly out of the blocks on his way to beating Powell and had no wind assistance on a still night, yet ran .07 seconds faster than ever before. His effort was the fourth fastest legal time this year, .04 behind Powell's 9.78 at the Lausanne Diamond League meet in June.
Fellow Jamaicans Michael Frater, 10.06, and Nesta Carter, 10.12, were fourth and respectively.
"Usain Bolt told me I'd win tonight but to make sure I do it sub-10 seconds," Blake said after the race.