Athletics: Jamaica’s Blake sets Berlin meet record in 100 m

AP, Sunday 11 Sep 2011

World champion Yohan Blake equaled his personal best of 9.82 seconds in the 100 meters to set a meet record Sunday, while Americans won gold in the 100 hurdles, shot put and high jump at the ISTAF event

Yohan Blake

The 21-year-old Jamaican comfortably beat Kim Collins of Saint Kitts and Nevis, who finished in 10.01 at Berlin’s Olympic stadium.

“That’s why they call me the beast,” Blake said. “There were some very good guys in this field, so it wasn’t easy to win. I pushed myself to run faster. It’s a wonderful feeling to win here. Life changed a bit after the world championship.”

Trinidad’s Richard Thompson was third in 10.08, with Jamaican Michael Frater— who helped Blake set a world record in the 4x100-meter relay in Daegu, South Korea—finishing fourth.

Blake ran the same 9.82 time at the Weltklasse meet in Zurich on Thursday. The previous meet record was 9.86 held by Maurice Greene and Asafa Powell.

Blake seized the world title in Daegu after training partner Usain Bolt was disqualified for a false start. Bolt, the Olympic champion and world record-holder, skipped the Berlin event.

Dawn Harper led a U.S. sweep of the 100 hurdles in 12.68 seconds, ahead of Kellie Wells and Yvette Lewis.

“Running here today wasn’t easy because I had a lot of memories of 2009 when I didn’t finish,” Harper said. “I kept having flashbacks before the race.”

American Ryan Whiting set a meet record of 70 feet, 10 3/4 inches to win the shot put, with teammate Reese Hoffa second at 70-.

“It was much better than in Daegu,” said Whiting, who finished seventh at the World Championship.

Jesse Williams of the U.S. won the high jump by reaching 7-7 3/4 , while Trevor Barry of the Bahamas was second.

Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad claimed the 100 in 11.15, ahead of Jamaicans Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart.

Russia’s Anastasiya Kapachinskaya won the 400 in 50.75 seconds, ahead of American Francena McCorory in 50.91. In the men’s event, Jehue Gordon of Trinidad ran a season-best 48.68 seconds to win, followed by South Africa’s Cornel Fredericks in 49.18.

Kirani James of Grenada followed up his win in Zurich to win the 400 hurdles in 45.33 seconds, followed by Nery Brenes of Costa Rica and compatriot Rondell Bartholomew.

In the 800, Kenya’s Janeth Jepkosgei Busieni finished strongly to win in 1 minute, 58.26 seconds, just ahead of South Africa’s Caster Semenya in 1:58.74. Maggie Vessey of the U.S. was third in 1:59.33.

Alexandr Menkov of Russia won the long jump with 26-9, ahead of Dwight Phillips of the U.S. at 26-5.

World-record holder Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic avenged her Daegu defeat to Russia’s Maria Abakumova by claiming the javelin with a throw of 220-3.

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