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Jamaican sprinter runs third fastest 100m time in history

Last Updated: 24/08/12 6:14pm

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Johan Blake: Ran the third fastest 100m time in history in Lausanne

Johan Blake: Ran the third fastest 100m time in history in Lausanne

Yohan Blake upstaged training partner Usain Bolt as he ran a new personal best of 9.69 seconds to win the 100 metres at the Athletissima Diamond League meeting in Lausanne on Thursday night.

The Olympic silver medallist ran the third fastest time in history to comprehensively beat a strong field, shortly before Bolt cantered to victory in the 200 metres.

Blake, who took 0.06s off his previous best, was out of the blocks quickly and, running into a very slight headwind, pulled away to set a new meeting record.

Only his compatriot and close friend Bolt has run faster with his times of 9.58secs and 9.63s.

America's Tyson Gay was second in 9.83s, with another Jamaican, Nesta Carter, third in 9.95s.

Blake, who was beaten into silver by Bolt over 100m and 200m at London 2012, revealed he was not even running 100 percent fit.

"I have been sick all week, thank God I recovered," he told the BBC.

"I have more races and I'm going to get better and better."

Bolt having fun

Bolt claimed he was "having some fun" after easily winning the 200m, also in a meeting record, ahead of Holland's Churandy Martina, who ran a national record of 19.85, and Jamaica's Nickel Ashmeade (19.94).

Only three other men have ever gone faster than the 26-year-old's 19.58 - Blake and Americans Michael Johnson and Walter Dix - but Bolt himself has done so on six occasions.

He said: "It's a good run, it's the end of season so I'm having some fun."

There had been a sense of disappointment that Bolt and Blake were not going head to head at the Swiss meeting, but Blake claimed he would be happy to take on the world's fastest man any time.

"I would run with Usain any day, he's my training partner," he said. "I would love to run with him, but they have to put up big money."

British record for Grabarz

The most exciting competition of the night came in the high jump as Robbie Grabarz equalled the British record of 2.37m to finish third on countback.

A clearance of 2.29m was enough to earn Grabarz a share of bronze at the Olympics, but tonight's competition was on another level as Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim, who was also third in London, won with a world-leading 2.39m.

Russia's Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov was second, also clearing 2.37m.

Grabarz's clearance equalled Steve Smith's 20-year-old British record.

There were also impressive performances from Lawrence Okoye, who threw 65.27 metres to finish second in the discus, and Steve Lewis, third in the pole vault on countback with the top four all clearing 5.80m.

Perri Shakes-Drayton was third in the 400m hurdles in 53.83s and Shara Proctor fourth in the long jump in 6.68m.

Yamile Aldama, who has struggled with a shoulder injury this summer, retired from the triple jump before her fourth attempt after two fouls and a pass.

Martyn Rooney and Conrad Williams were sixth and eighth respectively in a 400m race won by Olympic champion Kirani James in 44.37s.

American Carmelita Jeter pipped Jamaica's double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to win the 100m in 10.86s.

Olympic 110m hurdles champion Aries Merritt was disqualified for a false start, fellow American Jason Richardson winning in 13.08s.

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