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Blake steals Bolt's thunder

india Updated: Sep 18, 2011 00:47 IST
Usain Bolt

Sprint sensation Usain Bolt stormed to a world-leading 9.76 seconds in the 100 metres, but for the second time in three weeks was upstaged by compatriot Yohan Blake, who jetted to an astonishing 19.26 seconds to clock the second fastest 200 metres time ever at the Memorial Van Damme Friday.

Bolt emerged from a dodgy start to get ahead after 60 metres, and lead a Jamaica one-two-three, as Nesta Carter finished second in a season-best 9.89 seconds and Commonwealth Games champion Lerone Clarke third in another season-best 10.05 seconds.

However, in the very next track event, Blake took the shine off Bolt's win by burying his competition.

Only last month in Daegu, South Korea, Blake crowned himself 100 metres World champion after Bolt was disqualified for a false start.

"I knew I could do something crazy. But to be honest I was surprised when I saw the clock at the finishing line," said the 21-year-old Blake.

"This was a perfect controlled race. I started slow, and while I am not a good bend runner I accelerated afterwards."

"Usain stays the best runner, but after tonight I feel I am capable of breaking the World record over 200 metres. I am looking forward to competing with Usain next season," Blake said.

"Bolt is always motivating me before the race. We call each other 'the Beast' - a real big animal that can do anything."

Blake got away slowly from the blocks as American Walter Dix grabbed the early advantage heading through the first 100 metres and into the curve.