Bolt sees off Powell, Oliver sizzles in hurdles
ATHLETICS: PARIS, July 17 (AFP) - Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt saw
off compatriot Asafa Powell in the 100m at the Diamond League meeting
Friday that saw American David Oliver clock the third-fastest time ever
in the 110m hurdles.
Bolt, the reigning world record holder in the 100 and 200m, ran a
meet record of 9.84 seconds, with Powell at 0.07sec back and another
Jamaican, Yohan Blake, in third on 9.95.
The 23-year-old triple Olympic and double world sprint champion, who
only made his comeback from an achilles tendon problem last week, was
held by Powell until the closing 20 metres, but had enough in the tank
to take it at the line. ďIt was just a bad race tonight. It will get
better,Ē said Powell.
ďThereís a lot going on behind the scenes. Iím just working on some
stuff and hopefully we will get there.Ē
Oliver 110 m hurdles in 12.89 secs
The stand-out performance of the evening, however, came from Oliver,
who timed the third fastest time ever in the menís 110m hurdles at
12.89sec. Only Cuban world record holder Dayron Robles (12.87) and
Chinaís Liu Xiang (12.88) have gone faster.
ďItís excellent, I broke the US record and became the third ever
under 12.90sec,Ē said Oliver, bronze medallist at the Beijing Olympics.
ďRecords will come when they should ó Iím not thinking about that too
It was a mixed night for the reigning world and Olympic champions on
show. Australian Steven Hooker bombed in the pole vault, Kiwi Valerie
Vili was second in the shot, South African Mbulaeni Mulaudzi second in
the 800m, Kenyan Ezekiel Kemboi third in the menís steeplechase, and
Phillips Idowu of Britain was fourth in the triple jump.
Allyson Felix 200 in 22.14 secs
But Allyson Felix (200m) and Brittney Reese of the United States
(long jump), Croat Blanka Vlasic (high jump) and Kenyaís Vivian
Cheruiyot (5000m) all won their events. Jeremy Wariner ran a world lead
of 44.49sec in the 400m, turning on the gas around the final bend and
managing to hold off Jamaican Jermaine Gonzales. ďIím back, we can say
that,Ē said the American, the two-time world champion and Olympic gold
medallist in Athens in 2004 who was beaten into silver at the 2009
Berlin worlds and 2008 Beijing Games by compatriot LaShawn Merritt.
ďItís mid-season right now for me, so I must be satisfied with where I
am. Iím now already faster than last year and that is a good feeling.Ē
Australian Hooker was a surprise early casualty in the pole vault,
the reigning world and Olympic champion bombing out at 5.40m.
French vaulter Renaud Lavillenie, the world bronze medallist, wont he
event with a best of 5.91m.
Kenya enjoyed a cleansweep of the menís 3000m steeple, Olympic
champion Brimin Kipruto outsprinting team-mates Paul Koech and Kemboi to
Sudanís Kaki 800 m in 43.50 secs
Sudanís Abubaker Kaki powered to an impressive victory in the menís
800m, clocking 1min 43.50sec to see off Mulaudzi by 0.61sec.
Felix destroyed the field in the womenís 200m, the reigning triple
world champion winning in 22.14sec after running a hard bend.
In arguably the most entertaining event of the night, Vlasic held off
some stiff competition from American Chaunte Howard-Lowe to win the high
After failing with two attempts at 1.98m, the Croat registered a best
of 2.02m, with Howard-Lowe at 2.00 after a duel that had engaged the
New Zealandís reigning world and Olympic champion Vili could only
muster second behind Nadezhda Ostapchuk in the shot put, the Belarusian
throwing a meet record of 20.78m to the Kiwiís 20.13.