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Jamaica gearing up for world championship

Published:Friday | July 17, 2009 | 5:50 PM

World record-holder Usain Bolt recovered from a poor start to easily win the 100 metres on a wet surface at the Areva Meeting in Paris today.



The Jamaican, gearing up for next month\'s world championships in Berlin, won in a season-best and meet record 9.79 seconds in pouring rain and a strong headwind.



Daniel Bailey of Antigua and Barbuda was second in 9.91, and Yohan Blake of Jamaica was third in a personal-best 9.93.



The women’s 100 metres went to double Beijing Olympic medallist Kerron Stewart of Jamaica in 10.99. As a result of the victory Stewart remains in the chase for a share of the US$1 million jackpot after four legs of the six-leg Golden League.



Aleen Bailey of Jamaica was third in 11.26.



Meanwhile, Beijing Olympic gold medallist Melanie Walker of Jamaica had to settle for second in the women’s 400-metre hurdles. Walker clocked 54.47, beaten by Anna Jesien of Poland in 54.37.



There were two other second place finishes for Jamaica.



Dwight Thomas clocked 13.30 to finish behind American winner Dexter Faulk in the men’s 110-metre hurdles while Novlene Williams-Mills clocked 49.34 behind American Sanya Richards, who won the women’s 400 metres in 49.34.