Newly-crowned Jamaican world 100m champion Yohan Blake raced to victory on Thursday in timing a personal best 9.82sec at the Diamond League meeting in Zurich, ousting compatriot Asafa Powell by 0.13sec and American world silver medalist Walter Dix (10.04).
Jamaican ace Yohan Blake (right) leads compatriot Asafa Powell (left) and USA's Walter Dix during the men's 100m race at the Diamond League series in Zurich on Thursday. Blake won in 9.82sec. PIC/AFP
Blake, 21, had raced to gold at the worlds in Daegu in 9.92 following the sensational disqualification of favourite and world record holder Usain Bolt. Thursday's showing was a new personal best for Blake by 0.07sec. Bolt skipped Zurich while Powell was making his return to the track after missing Daegu with a troublesome groin injury.
Grenadian teen Kirani James also managed a personal best time of 44.36sec in the men's 400m to add to his just-garnered world title.
"I'm not surprised to win in a personal best time, even though I am just back from Daegu," Blake told reporters. "Usain Bolt told me I'd win tonight but to make sure I do it sub-10 seconds," Blake added speaking to BBC Sport.
"The future looks good for me. I'm looking forward to the Olympics next year," Blake concluded. James was for his part delighted to show that his own Daegu success was no flash in the pan as he saw off LaShawn Merritt once again and in the process knock a quarter of a second off his personal best. �