Yohan Blake power past Asafa Powell; James beats Merritt in Zurich Diamond League

ZURICH (Sporting Alert) — Yohan Blake blasted his way to a new personal best on his way to beating Asafa Powell over the 100 metres at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Zurich on Thursday night.

Blake, the recently crowned world champion, picked up his pace over the last 40-metres to move past Powell and win in 9.82 seconds – lowering his previous mark of 9.89.

Powell was second in 9.95 seconds, while American Walter Dix was third in 10.04.

Grenadian world champion Kirani James repeated his winning performance from Daegu, against another strong field when he powered away from LaShawn Merritt down the home-stretch to win the men’s 400m.

The Caribbean star clocked a new personal best and national record of 44.36 seconds to take the title. He was just .01 seconds outside Merritt’s world-leading time. The American was second in 44.67, while Jamaica’s Jermaine Gonzales was third in 45.39.

Jamaica’s Kaliese Spencer turned the tables on world champion Lashinda Demus of USA when she won the women’s 400m hurdles in 53.36.

She was well beaten in Daegu, last week, but returned to winning form in Zurich to defeat world silver medallists and fellow Jamaican training partner Melaine Walker 53.43, while Demus was third in 54.04.

World record holder Dayron Robles of Cuba put his world championships disqualification behind him quickly and took the men’s 110m hurdles in a seasonal best of 13.01 seconds.

Robles got home ahead of American Jason Richardson (13.10), the world champion after the Cuban was disqualified – and David Oliver, 13.26.

In field event action, Germany’s Robert Harting captured the men’s Discus Throw with a second round effort of 67.02m, beating Diamond League leader Virgilijus Alekna (66.69m).

The Shot Put events saw Canadian world-leader Dylan Armstrong winning the men’s event with a heave of 21.63m – beating Ryan Whiting of USA (21.52m) and another American Reese Hoffa (21.39m).

The women’s category went to New Zealand star competitor Valerie Adams with a 20.51m effort. She defeated Nadzeya Ostapchuk (20.48m) and Jillian Camarena-Williams (19.64m).

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