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Blake drops strong 9.93 to win 100m

Published:Saturday | May 20, 2017 | 5:50 PMRobert Bailey
Jamaica's Yohan Blake (right) powers to a 9.93 seconds win in the 100m at the Jamaica International Invitational at the National Stadium.

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

The world's second fastest man in history, Yohan Blake, enjoyed a strong win in the 100m at the Jamaica International Invitational Meet inside the National Stadium, stopping the clock in 9.93 seconds. 

Blake said he was looking for a good time after a mishap at the start at the Utech Classics, and is now looking to push his season along.

"It's always good to start off with a good time like this. My team has been working well with me and I have to give God thanks. I wanted to start off like this and God has been giving me the hope that I can continue," said Blake after his win.

The 2011 world champion flew out of the blocks then sped away from the field to win the event in a season’s best time of 9.93. It is the fastest time in the world so far this year not aided by altitude.

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Ronnie Baker of the USA was second in a personal best time of 9.98, while third place went to Mike Rodgers also of the USA in 10.02 seconds.

Morolake Akinosun of the USA won the women’s 100m in 11.06 seconds to finish ahead of Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago; second in 11.06 with third going to Allyson Felix in 11.07.