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Asafa's best only good enough for second as Gay wins

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer

Friday, July 05, 2013    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Jamaica's former World Record holder Asafa Powell ran a season's best 9.88 seconds (2.0m/s) yesterday for second place in the men's 100m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, the fastest time by any Jamaican man so far this season.

Powell moved up to second place on the IAAF ranking behind American Tyson Gay who owns the three best times run over the distance so far this season.

World Record holder Usain Bolt has a season's best 9.94 seconds that he ran while winning the event at the recent JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Trials just over two weeks ago, while Kemar Bailey-Cole ran 9.96 seconds at a development meet in June.

It was a good evening for Jamaicans as Jason Young was second in the 200m and Novlene Williams-Mills took another third place in the women's 400m race on the eighth stop of the 14-meet schedule.

Powell continued his comeback after being laid off by injury for almost a year and a poor showing at the National Senior Championships when he ran 10.22 seconds for seventh place in the 100m.

Yesterday's time was the 81st legal sub-10 seconds run by Powell in one of his favourite venues where he ran his personal best 9.72 seconds in September 2008 and 9.78 seconds two years ago.

Gay won the race in 9.79 seconds, his second fastest time so far this year as fellow American Michael Rodgers equalled his season's best 9.96 seconds for third, while the ageless wonder Kim Collins ran a new personal best and St Kitts National Record 9.97 seconds for fourth.

The 37-year-old Collins, who is based in Montego Bay, Jamaica, set a new age group World Record for men over 35 years old, breaking the 10.04 seconds set by Great Britain's Linford Christie in 1997.

Two other Jamaicans were in the race, Nickel Ashmeade who was fifth and Bailey-Cole sixth, both timed at 10.05 seconds.

In the 200m, Young appeared well set to win his first Diamond League race, but was caught on the line by Churandy Martina of the Netherlands who won in 20.01 seconds to the Jamaican's season best equalling 20.20 seconds.

Another Jamaican, Mario Forsythe, was sixth in 20.75 seconds as Patricia Hall was fourth in the women's race in 22.77 seconds, edging Carmelita Jeter who ran her season's best 22.77 seconds.

Mariya Ryemyen of Ukraine was a surprise winner in 22.61 seconds, beating the US pair of Lashauntea Moore (22.67 seconds) and Kimberlyn Duncan (22.73).

Williams-Mills ran a well paced race to finish third for the second straight race, clocking 50.87 seconds to finish behind American Francena (50.36 seconds) just edging reigning World Champion Amantle Montsho (50.37) as the Botwana athlete lost on the line for the second straight race after her loss on Sunday in Birmingham.

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