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Yohan Blake runs stunning 19.26 to win in Brussels

BRUSSELS (Sporting Alert) — Yohan Blake threatened Usain Bolt’s world record on Friday when the Jamaican ran 19.26 seconds to win the 200 metres at the Memorial Van Damme Diamond League meeting in Brussels.

Blake, who won the world championships 100m title was running a personal best and world-leading time this season – bettering the previous year mark of 19.40 seconds, Bolt used to win the world championships.

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“I was looking for this and I got it. I expected to run fast but not this fast,” said Blake.

“The last 40 metres was crazy, but I’m like a beast when that happens. I just take control of the track.”

Blake’s time is the second fastest ever behind Bolt’s 19.19secs.

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American Walter Dix was second in a personal best of 19.53, while Nickel Ashmeade finished third in 19.91.

Jamaican athletes dominated the sprint events, with Bolt setting a world-leading mark of 9.76 to win the men’s 100m dash – a time that bettered Asafa Powell’s 9.78secs year best.

World championships finallist and relay gold medallist Nesta Carter was second in 9.89, while another Jamaican, Lerone Clarke, finished third in 10.05.

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However, American world champion Carmelita Jetter clocked 10.78 to win the women’s 100m – beating Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown, who ran 10.85 for second place.

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  1. james

    September 21, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    not good for track.

    • Nathaniel

      September 22, 2011 at 11:32 pm

      Why’s that?

  2. Dorett

    November 4, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Yohan is holding his own. Congratulations!!

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