Blake returns with a 100m victory in the Diamond League
BIRMINGHAM (England): former world champion Yohan Blake from Jamaica beat Britain Adam Gemili in a photo-final to win the 100 meters in the Birmingham Diamond League meeting on Sunday.
Both sprinters received the same time of 10.07 seconds, with Blake declared winner.
It was coming, said Blake, the 2011 world champion who last won an individual global medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
The 29-year-old, who has been eclipsed by Americans Christian Coleman , Justin Gatlin and Noah Lyles in recent years, was helped by a wind of 2.0 meters per second, just below the allowed.
The weather was not good, but I'm saving the big day for the world championships and the Diamond League finals in Zurich, Blake said. I can run faster.
Coleman had retired from the race earlier this week and triple Canadian Olympic medalist Andre De Grasse was a disappointing fifth at 10.13.
The 400-meter Olympic gold medalist Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas won its eleventh 200 consecutive meters, pushing back British British champion Dina Asher-Smith and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica.
Miller-Uibo, who hasn't lost in the distance since 2017, walked away from Asher-Smith 70 meters from the end and won in 22.24 seconds. Asher-Smith scored 22.36 and Fraser-Pryce 22.50.
The race did not go as planned, Miller-Uibo said. My start was simply horrible and I had to rely on that speed of 400m to pass.
Olympic champions Nafissatou Thiam, Ekaterini Stefanidi and Omar McLeod were also winners on a day when swirling winds affected many performances.
Thiam broke the Belgian long jump record twice, jumping 6.86 meters in his third attempt to prove he will be ready to defend his heptathlon world title in Doha in October.
It gives me confidence, Thiam said. It is almost 20 cm more than my PB (better staff).
Serbian indoor world champion Ivana Spanovic was second, just one centimeter away, and British heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson was third at the same distance after failing in her first two attempts.
Stefanidi of Greece claimed the pole vault with a third attempt at 4.75 meters and the Jamaican McLeod dominated the 110-meter hurdles, winning in 13.21 seconds.
The compatriot Danielle Williams, the fastest of the year in the 100 meters of obstacles, easily defeated the holder of the US world record. UU. Keni Harrison, claiming victory in 12.46 seconds.