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Blake makes the most, returns to win 100m

sportspaper Updated: Jul 03, 2016, 08:39 IST

KINGSTON: Yohan Blake won Jamaica’s men’s 100 metres Olympic trials in 9.95 seconds on Friday after world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt pulled out minutes before the final with a hamstring injury.

Bolt handed in a medical exemption after aggravating in Friday’s semi-finals a right hamstring injury that he had sustained Thursday night.

Blake had to stave off a false start, which was wrongfully charged to him by the team of starters, who took back the red card in favour of a yellow card that was charged to the field.

Running in lane four, Blake held his nerve on the second time of asking, beating Nickel Ashmeade (9.96s) to the line by one hundreds of a second.

Newcomer Jevaughn Minzie, training partner of Bolt and Blake, ended third in a personal best 10.02secs, while for mer world record holder Asafa Powell was fourth in 10.03 seconds.

“God is alive. A lot of people didn’t think I’d be back but watch here, I am,” an elated Blake said.

“It has been a struggle (batting back from hamstring injuries)... I wanted to go faster but because of the tragedy that was going on at the start I couldn’t because I had to conserve and be cautious,” the 2011 world champion told Reuters.

Elaine Thompson stormed to women’s 100 metre final win, clocking 10.70secs to equal twotime defending Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s national record while punching her ticket to Rio.

Thompson was in destructive form after taking control of the final after 30 meters to win ahead of Fraser-Pryce who clocked 10.93 seconds.

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