Olympic silver medallist Yohan Blake ran a blistering time of 9.69 seconds to win the men’s 100-metre race at Thursday’s Athletissima Diamond League meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, giving the Jamaican sprinter a share of the claim of second-fastest man in history.
Only Usain Bolt has ever run a faster time in the 100m. Bolt clocked a 9.63 in winning his second straight Olympic gold medal earlier this month in London (where Blake ran a 9.75 to take silver) and he holds the world record of 9.58 from the 2009 world championships in Berlin.
Bolt ran a then world record 9.69 when he won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
American Tyson Gay, the runner-up on Thursday, has also run a 9.69.
Bolt wins 200 with ease
Bolt posted a meet-record time of his own Thursday, running 19.58 to cruise to victory in the 200 metres.
Bolt ran a 19.32 in London to win his second consecutive Olympic gold.
Other notable results from Thursday's meet:
American Carmelita Jeter edged Olympic champion and Diamond League leader Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in an extremely tight finish.
Jeter, the runner-up in London who also sits second in the Diamond League standings, and Fraser-Pryce were both clocked at 10.86 seconds, followed closely by Trinidad and Tobago’s Kelly-Ann Baptiste in 10.93. Olympic bronze medallist Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica was fourth in 10.99.
Men’s 110m hurdles
Olympic silver medallist Jason Richardson won the race after fellow American and Olympic champion Aries Merritt was disqualified for a false start.
Women’s 100m hurdles
Dawn Harper, the Olympic silver medallist, led an American sweep of the top three spots. Canadian Olympian Phylicia George finished fourth, and former Diamond League champion Priscilla Lopes-Schliep was seventh.
Men’s high jump
Qatar’s Moutaz Essa Barshim Ahmed defeated Olympic winner Ivan Ukhov. Canada’s Mike Mason finished ninth.
Kenya’s Pamela Jelimo won in 1:57.59. Canada’s Diane Cummins finished fourth in 2:00.62, and Hilary Stellingwerff was sixth in 2:01.22 for a new personal best.