Blake wins 100 meters in 9.84 seconds
World 100-meter champion Yohan Blake ran the year’s
second-fastest time Wednesday night, winning the Cayman
Invitational in 9.84 seconds in an early tuneup for the London
Only Usain Bolt – Blake’s training partner in their home country
of Jamaica – has run faster this year. Bolt won a meet in Kingston
in 9.82 on Saturday night.
Blake won last year’s 100 at world championships after Bolt was
disqualified for a false start. The two aren’t expected to square
off in the 100 until Jamaica’s Olympic trials at the end of June,
and barring something unexpected, they should be the favorites in
Blake had run a 9.90 earlier this season.
”I’m very pleased with my time,” he said. ”In fact, it has
put me ahead in my preparations for London. I’m looking forward to
my next race.”
His next race is June 9 in New York. Bolt, meanwhile, will race
May 31 at a Diamond League meet in Rome.
Finishing second Wednesday was another Jamaican, Michael Frater,
who crossed in 10.05. Keston Bledman of Trinidad and Tobago
finished third in 10.06.
In the women’s 100, American world champion Carmelita Jeter won
in 11.04, beating Jeneba Tarmoh by 0.09 seconds.
The meet was organized by Cydonie Mothersill of the Cayman
Islands, the 34-year-old champion of the 2010 Commonwealth Games,
who won the 200 in 23.51.
Jamaica’s Warren Weir won the men’s 200 in 20.13. Chris Brown of
the Bahamas was the men’s 400 winner in 45.14, and Jamaica’s
Novelene Williams-Mills won the women’s 400 in 50.35.