Sprint champion Blake sets new mark in Berlin

World 100m champion Yohan Blake clocked a personal best of 9.82secs on Sunday for the second time in three days to break the old meet record held by both Asafa Powell and sprint legend Maurice Greene.

Updated: September 11, 2011 22:20 IST
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Berlin: World 100m champion Yohan Blake clocked a personal best of 9.82secs on Sunday for the second time in three days to break the old meet record held by both Asafa Powell and sprint legend Maurice Greene.

"I saw the record was 9.86secs and I knew I was in a good shape to break it," said the Jamaican, who profited from sprint star Usain Bolt's false start to claim gold at the World Athletics Championships.

"I just focused on getting a good start."

This was the second time in three days Blake has clocked his PB after running an identical time at Zurich's Diamond League meeting on Thursday.

"To have run 9.82 twice is a wonderful feeling," he said.

"I was actually a bit lazy going off at the start."

The 21-year-old led home St Kitts and Nevis's 35-year-old 2001 world champion Kim Collins, who ran a season's best 10.01sec to finish second and Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago, took third in 10.08secs.

Despite being one of the slowest out of the blocks, Blake accelerated past early leader Collins, who took bronze in Daegu, and put plenty of daylight between himself and the rest of the field at the finish.

"There were some some very good guys in the field, it pushed me to run faster," said Blake.

"Life changed a bit for me after the World Championships, fans are cheering me here and that is something new."

Bolt's training partner Blake set the new mark here five years after Powell had equalled 'The Kansas Comet' Greene's effort in 2000.

Blake said he will now wrap up his season in Brussels by running the 200m on Friday, where Bolt will run the 100m, and then begin preparations for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

"It's going to be a big year, Bolt will be coming for revenge, that's going to be a very interesting one," said Blake ahead of the 100m clash in London.

"I am not thinking about beating Usain Bolt right now, I just want to finish the season healthy and next year anything can happen."

In the women's 100m, Trinidad's Kelly-Ann Baptiste won in a time of 11.15secs to lead home three Jamaicans in Sherone Simpson, Kerron Stewart and Aleen Bailey.

"I didn't look at beating the Jamaican runners, I just focused on my own race," said Baptiste.

"I am not really happy with the time, I hoped to go under 11 seconds."

South Africa's Caster Semenya had to be content with second in the 800m, on the track where she won the world title in 2009, when she was just beaten by Kenya's JJ Busieni, who came home in 1 min 58.26secs.

"I enjoyed the race, it was a good one," said Semenya.

"I wasn't tired during the race, but I definitely was afterwards.

"It was a good finish to my season, I will take a long rest now."

Former world and Olympic champion Felix Sanchez finished sixth in the men's 400m hurdles as the 34-year-old clocked 50.50secs behind winner Jehue Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago, who ran a season's best 48.66secs.

Russia's Anatasiya Kapachinskaya, a bronze-medallist from Daegu, won the women's 400m in a time of 50.75secs.

Fellow Daegu bronze medal winner Dawn Harper won the 100m hurdles in 12.68 secs from compatriots Kellie Wells, second, and Yvette Lewis, as United States sprinters swept the board in the event.

Germany's Betty Heidler, the world record holder in the women's hammer, laid down an early marker when she came out with a throw of 76.99m with her first attempt and then followed that up with the winning throw of 77.40m.

The 27-year-old set the world record of 79.42m at the end of May and this was revenge over world champion Tatyana Lysenko of Russia, who won gold in Daegu, and threw 74.67m here.

In the discus, world champion Robert Harting had few problems as he won by more than a metre after his first throw of 67.22secs was enough for victory.

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