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Blake pulls up as Ashmeade cops men's 100m in Glasgow

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, July 12, 2014    

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JAMAICA'S Nickel Ashmeade ran a season's best 9.97 seconds (0.3m/s) to win the men's 100m on yesterday's first day of the two-day Glasgow Diamond League meeting at Hampden Park, and redeemed himself after a disqualification in Paris last weekend.

The newly crowned Jamaican national season champions just edged American Mike Rodgers, who was also given the same time (9.97 seconds) and compatriot Nesta Carter (9.98 seconds) -- both also the season's best times -- in a blanket finish.

There are concerns, however, over the health of former World Championships 100m gold medal winner Yohan Blake, who pulled up after about 60 metres into the race and fell to the track before being taken off in a wheelchair.

Blake missed all of last year with a leg injury and failed to defend his title in Moscow, Russia, and has not had the best of time this season with several sub-par performances.

The meet will continue today and will see triple World Championships gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce lining up in the 100m, along with Kerron Stewart and Simone Facey. Schillonie Calvert will run in the B race.

Samantha Henry-Robinson will race in the 200m and Demar Forbes will contest the men's long jump.

Yesterday, Ashmeade who was disqualified in Paris after he false-started, atoned with a well-judged race from lane eight and caught the American on the line.

Carter, who is returning to fitness after pulling out of the JAAA National Senior Championships three weeks ago, was going under the 10.00 seconds barrier for the first time this season as well.

It was a Jamaican 1-2 in the men's 100m B race as Kemar Bailey-Cole ran his fastest time this year 10.03 seconds (1.4m/s) to win easily from Kimmari Roach (10.26 seconds) and American Sean McLean (10.29 seconds).

Former world leader Warren Weir finished second in the 200m, running 20.30 seconds (-0.7m/s), beaten by Panama's Alonso Edward (20.25 seconds) with American Curtis Mitchell third in 20.31 seconds, just behind Weir.

Weir was finishing second in his consecutive race since he was beaten by Rasheed Dwyer in the final at the JAAA Championships as he lost to Canadian Aaron Brown in Edmonton on Sunday.

Diamond League leader Novlene Williams-Mills could only manage 50.60 seconds for third in the women's 400m as American World Indoor champion Francena McCorory came from behind to beat her compatriot Sanya Richards-Ross with a season's best 49.93 seconds to 50.39 seconds.

The other Jamaican in the race Stephenie-Ann McPherson was fourth in 50.98 seconds.

A week after running a new National Record and World-leading 12.94 seconds in Paris, Hansle Parchment struggled to finish fifth in the 110m hurdles in 13.31 seconds (0.7m/s), the same time as fourth-placed Andrew Riley.

Great Britain's William Sharman won in a season's best tying 13.21 seconds, ahead of American Jeff Porter (13.27 seconds) and Russia's Sergey Shubenkov (13.29 seconds).

In the semi-finals run earlier, Riley had won his heat in 13.34 seconds, while Parchment had to come from behind to place third in his heat in the same time.

National champion Roxroy Cato was fifth in his first Diamond League race this season running 49.04 seconds in the men s's 400m hurdles.

Shevon Stoddart was sixth in the women's 400m hurdles race in 56.43 seconds with Nickiesha Wilson eighth in 57.61 seconds.

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