Yohan Blake

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Former World champion Yohan Blake clocked a world-leading 9.95 seconds to win the men’s 100m dash at the 2016 MVP Track & Field Meeting inside the National Stadium in Kingston on Sunday.

Blake, who had to deal with hamstring problems since 2012, sped home to victory in the 10th and final heat of the day ahead of Rasheed Dwyer (10.10) and Zharnel Hughes (10.10).

The London Olympics double silver medallist, got away to a quick start and then separated himself from the pack in the last 40 metres.

Blake improved the previous 2016 best mark of 9.96 secs, set by South African Akani Simbine in March.

His Racers Track Club training partner and 200m speciallist, Warren Weir was the second fastest on the day after he won his heat in 10.07 secs ahead of veteran Michael Frater (10.17).

The women’s race was won by Jura Levy, with the former Oklahoma Baptist and NAIA standout posting a time of 11.25 (1.1 m/s) to capture the fifth and final heat.

Sashalee Forbes ran 11.29 for second place with third going to Gayon Evans in 11.30.

In other results, Antiguan sprinter Miguel Francis ran away with the men’s 200m in 20.11 seconds, beating local stars Oshane Bailey (20.42) and quarter-miler Javon Francis (20.54).

Commonwealth Games 100m champion Kemar Bailey-Cole, notably finished down the order in 21.29.

Jamaica’s Fredrick Dacres won the men’s discus throw with a best mark of 63.88m, which is the best mark posted by an English-speaking Caribbean thrower this season.

Elsewhere, Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby of Jamaica led the way in the women’s 200m, recording a time of 22.78 secs to beat training partners Anastasia Le-Roy (22.85) and Audra Segree (23.13).

Annsert Whyte came out on top in the men’s 400m hurdles in 49.39 secs while Shericka Jackson, the IAAF World Championships bronze medallist from Beijing 2015, took the top spot in the women’s 400m open with an untroubled 52.10 secs.

Yohan Blake

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