Sunday, July 7, 2013

Bolt leads the world -- Jamaica Gleaner

Usain Bolt wins France's Diamond League meet on July 6, 2013 (AP Photo)

Bolt leads the world
Published: Sunday | July 7, 2013
Usain Bolt of Jamaica (right) hitting the line ahead of compatriot Warren Weir (left) and France's Christophe Lemaitre (centre) in the men's 200 metres at yesterday's Diamond League meet in Paris. Bolt clocked a world leading and meet record 19.73 seconds with Weir second in 19.92 and Lemaitre, third in 20.07.- AP photos.
PARIS, France (CMC):  Caribbean athletes posted world-leading times and season's best performances at the Areva Diamond League meeting yesterday. Led by performances from Kirani James, Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Damar Forbes, the regional athletes lit Paris with outstanding performances in their respective events. Bolt was made to work hard for a victory in the half-lap as compatriot Warren Weir stayed with him into the top bend before the world record holder pulled away to win in a world leading and meet record of 19.73. Weir stayed below the 20-second barrier with 19.92 and Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre finished third in 20.07. Jamaicans Jason Young (20.12, SB) and Nickel Ashmeade (20.21) completed the top-five finishers. Fraser-Pryce shrugged off the disappointment of Birmingham to edge Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria to win the women's 100 metres in a season's best 10.92. She lost to the Nigerian over the 200m about a week ago but took the shorter distance to Okagbare's 10.93. Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast (11.01) pushed ahead of Trinidad & Tobago's national record holder Kelly-Ann Baptiste (11.10). Forbes was the lone Caribbean winner in the field events when he leaped 8.11m to win the men's long jump among a talented field including Chris Tomlinson of Great Britain (8.08) and Louis Tsatoumas of Greece (8.02).
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