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Blessing

Okabare and Bailey-Cole are Commonwealth Games 100m champions

GLASGOW (SportingAlert) — Blessing Okabare of Nigeria and Jamaica’s Kemar Bailey-Cole won the men’s and women’s 100m titles at the Commonwealth Games at Hampden Park on Monday.

Okabare, who started the day as the 1/4 favourite to win the gold medal, showed her class against a very strong field on her way to clocking a Commonwealth Games record of 10.85 seconds for the title.

“I am so excited right now! A new season’s best and win. I’m happy I was able to put on a show,” Okagbare told BBC Sport.

“I executed it and stayed patient like my coach said I should and after 70 metres it just felt easy!

The Nigerian is the heavy favourite win the 200m and the long jump and she is looking forward to competing in those as well.

“I still have the 200m and the long jump and I’m looking forward to both of those events now.”

Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown collected the silver medal in 11.03secs, with countrywoman Kerron Stewart taking the bronze in 11.07.

England’s Asha Phillip took fourth place, and although she missed out at winning a medal, the sprinter was happy with her new personal best time of 11.18.

She told BBC Sport after the race: “Fourth is always the first loser as people say, but I’m so proud of myself.

“I wanted a medal but it’s my first Commonwealth Games and I’ve loved the experience. I am going to take it on the chin and there’s more to come from me.”

Meanwhile, on the men’s side, Bailey-Cole used a strong finish to secure the gold medal in 10.00seconds, while his teammate and world record holder Usain Bolt watched.

“It means a lot because it’s my first individual medal at a Championship,” Bailey-Cole speaking to BBC Radio 5. “It’s just the start of the individual medals.

“The aim was to come out here and win and I did just that. I said to myself ‘these guys can’t beat me’”.

The Jamaican sped home ahead of England’s Adam Gemili, who clocked 10.10 seconds, while Jamaican champion Nickel Ashmeade, the 4/1 favourite at the start of the day, won the bronze in 10.12.

“This is my first senior medal. I’m speechless,” Gemili told BBC Sport after winning the silver medal. “There’s so much prepration that goes into running 10 seconds – my team put a lot of work in behind the scenes. I can’t believe it, this is my first time representing England and I’m so happy.

“This is something I’m never going to forget. It’s not about times today, it’s positions because the times will come.

“Medals are what count and this is a stepping stone now for the Europeans, Worlds and then Rio in 2016.”

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins outdoors 60m in Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Sporting Alert) — Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the 60m dash (outdoor) at The Queen’s/Grace Jackson Meet – a local meet held on Saturday to open her season.

Fraser-Pryce, who said she plans to run at the upcoming IAAF World Indoor Championships, clocked 7.11 seconds (+0.4m/s) to take the win.

The Jamaican, who holds a personal indoor best of 7.04secs in the event, set in Stockholm, last February, wanted to see how well her training was going in preparation for the Worlds, which will be held in Sopot Poland, from March 7-9.

She said prior to running on Saturday: “I am looking forward to (running the 60m) because I want to know where I am in terms of training and how training has been going.

“I will be going away to compete in some 60 metres, which I know will provide huge competition and I will get to see where exactly I am. The plan is to do the World Indoor Championships, so I will just be working towards that.”

Fraser-Pryce won the 100m and 200m sprint double at the World Outdoor Championships last year and then anchored Jamaica’s 4x100m to sealed her third gold medal.

Meanwhile, her fellow training partner Nesta Carter won the men’s 60m race in 6.52secs, running in a -1.1m/s.

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ZURICH (Sporting Alert) — Triple World Championships gold medallist Usain Bolt returns to the track on Thursday at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Zurich.

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Bolt, who won three gold medals at this months world championships in Moscow, Russia, will race in the men’s 100-metres where he will go up against American Justin Gatlin, the man who finished second to him at the worlds.

Another Jamaican and worlds bronze medallist in the distant, Nesta Carter is also entered in the event, along with countrymen Kemar Cole-Bailey and Nickel Ashmeade.

Great Britain’s Adam Gemili and USA’s Walter Dix are also in the starting list.

Bolt’s fellow countrywoman Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, another triple gold medal winner in Moscow, will race in the women’s 200m dash where she is expected to face Murielle Ahoure, who finished second to the Jamaican in the 100m and 200m earlier this month.

The men’s 400m will see American world champion LaShawn Merritt and Kirani James of Grenada.

This battle was billed to be a very close one in Moscow, but James shockingly faded in the home straight, which left Merritt to win the title unchallenged.

Elsewhere, on Thursday, a very exciting women’s 5000m field has been assembled with Ethiopian champion runners Tirunesh Dibaba going up against Meseret Defar, Kenya’s Mercy Cherono and USA’s Jenny Simpson.

Americans Nick Symmonds and Duane Solomon are expected to battle in out in the men’s 800m, while the women’s race should see Eunice Jepkoech Sum of Kenya and Americans Alysia Montano and Ajee Wilson in action.

In results on Wednesday, New Zealand world and Olympic champion Valerie Adams produced her best effort of the season, following a 20.98m to win the women’s Shot Put. She was the only one over the 20m barrier.

On the men’s side, American Ryan Whiting took the title with an effort of 22.03m, beating world champion David Storl of Germany, who did 21.19m.

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden (Sporting Alert) — World champion LaShawn Merritt returns to the track on Thursday where he will contest the men’s 400m at DN Galan – IAAF Diamond League meeting in Stockholm.

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The American dominated the men’s one lap even at the recently concluded IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia and he will be hoping to bring some of that form in Sweden.

His main rivals will not included Olympic champion Kirani James of Grenada who had a very disappointing final rest in Moscow, but Silver medallist Tony McQuay of USA and Luguelín Santos of the Dominican Republic, who won the bronze are both in the line up.

The women’s 100m will see Americans Alexandria Anderson, Barbara Pierre and Jeneba Tarmoh going up against Jamaica’s Kerron Stewart, who finished fifth at the world championships between teammate and sprint double champion Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, who will not compete here.

After a poor race strategy cost her a medal at the world championships, American Alysia Montano will look to forget those disappointment quickly when she takes on a solid field in the women’s 800m.

Montano led for most the race in Moscow, but was overtaken and finished out of the medal places.

One of the women who surged by her in the closing metres before the finish line was teammate Brenda Martinez, who finished with the bronze and a new personal best and she is in tonight’s start list.

Gold medallist Eunice Jepkoech Sum of Kenya, Russia’s Ekaterina Poistogova and USA’s Ajee’ Wilson, who also ran a personal best in Moscow will face the starter as well. Interestingly Sweden golden girl over 1500m Abeba Aregawi has also decided to step down to race in this event as well.

Elsewhere, Zuzana Hejnova of Czech Republic, who dominated the women’s 400m hurdles at the worlds will take on USA’s silver medallist Dalilah Muhammad and American teammate Georganne Moline, who fell in the early rounds and was unable to progress.

Jamaica’s Kaliese Spencer, who was disqualified after winning her heat is also in the lineup.

In the field, four-time world champion Valerie Adams of New Zealand continues her battle with Germany’s Christina Schwanitz in the women’s Shot Put Jenn Suhr of USA goes up against Fabiana Murer of Brazil and Cuba’s Yarisley Silva in the women’s pole.

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MOSCOW, Russia (Sporting Alert) — Jamaica and United States were the fastest nations from the semi-finals of the women’s 4x100m relays at the IAAF World Championships on Sunday.

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The United States, leaving out top sprinter Carmelita Jeter for the heats, were the quickest of the qualifiers with 41.82 seconds and they defeat Brazil, who finished second in the heat in 42.29 and Russia (42.94).

Jamaica, running without sprint double world champion Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, won the first heat in 41.87secs, with France (42.25) joining them from that semis into the final.

The Bahamas, which won the second semi-finals were disqualified for a lane violation, but fellow Caribbean outfits Trinidad and Tobago, who finished fourth in the third semi-finals in 43.01 made it through to the final.

Semis two, after the disqualification, went to Great Britain with 42.75, with the fast finishing Canadian taking second in a new national record of 42.99.

In the men’s race, Jamaica was beaten into second place by Great Britain, who took semi-final one in 38.12 to the Jamaicans 38.17. The defending champions were without world record holder Usain Bolt, who will come in for the final.

The United States qualified for the final with a solid heat winning run of 38.06, despite a very poor final exchange to anchor runner Justin Gatlin.

An impressive Germany team won the third and final semis with 38.13 with Canada taking second in 38.29

Both men’s and women’s final take place later on tonight.

Still to come is the final of the women’s 800m, with American Brenda Martinez and Alysia Montano looking good from the top spots on the podium. Mariya Savinova and Ekaterina Poistogova of Russia are also in the final of the event.

The women’s Javelin and an exciting men’s Triple Jump final are also set for Sunday’s final day of action.