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Merritt sets high hurdles world record

other Updated: Sep 08, 2012 23:55 IST

Olympic champion Aries Merritt of the United States broke the world record in the 110 metres hurdles while Jamaicans Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake won their sprints in the final Diamond League meet of the season on Friday.

Merritt clocked 12.80 seconds, beating the previous best of 12.87 set in 2008 by Cuba's Dayron Robles.

Merritt had said in recent weeks that he thought the world record was beatable given the right conditions. The 27-year-old American has dominated the event this year, with the most sub-12.95 seconds performances in a single season.

Bolt’s modest timing

Triple Olympic champion Bolt, who shattered the 200 metres meet record at the previous Diamond League event in Zurich, pulled away towards the end of the 100 metres, crossing the line in 9.86 seconds, which is a modest time for him.

Compatriot Blake, who took silver twice behind Bolt in the sprints at this year's London Olympics, was a clear winner in the 200 metres. Blake, who set a personal best and equalled the third-fastest time ever in the 100 at the Lausanne meeting in late August, won in 19.54 seconds, the third fastest time this year.