Bolt wins but Blake steals show

Usain Bolt was upstaged by training partner Yohan Blake at the Athletissima Diamond League meeting in Lausanne tonight.

Bolt wins but Blake steals show

Usain Bolt was upstaged by training partner Yohan Blake at the Athletissima Diamond League meeting in Lausanne tonight.

The young pretender became the joint second-fastest man in history as he won the 100 metres in 9.69 seconds shortly before Bolt clocked 19.58secs over 200m.

Only Bolt, a self-proclaimed ’living legend’ after retaining his Olympic titles in London, has run quicker than Blake’s new personal best.

Blake, the Olympic silver medallist over 100m and 200m, took 0.06s off his previous best as, running into a very slight headwind, he comprehensively beat a strong field.

The 22-year-old was out of the blocks quickly and pulled away to set a new meeting record.

American Tyson Gay was second in 9.83s, with another Jamaican Nesta Carter third in 9.95s.

Bolt and Gay have also run 9.69s, but only the former with times of 9.58 and 9.63 has gone quicker.

“I could tell Yohan would run fast, I’ve seen him in training,” Bolt said on BBC3.

“I predicted 9.72, but he went a little bit faster.”

Blake, dubbed ’The Beast’ because of his prodigious work ethic, revealed he was not even running 100% fit.

“I have been sick all week, thank God I recovered,” he said.

“I have more races and I’m going to get better and better.”

Bolt claimed he was “having some fun” after easily winning the 200m, also in a meeting record, ahead of Holland’s Churandy Martina, who ran a national record 19.85, and Jamaica’s Nickel Ashmeade (19.94).

Only three other men have ever gone faster than the 26-year-old’s 19.58 – Blake and Americans Michael Johnson and Walter Dix – but Bolt himself has done so on six occasions.

He said: “It’s a good run, it’s the end of season so I’m having some fun.”

There had been a sense of disappointment that Bolt and Blake were not going head to head at the Swiss meeting, but Blake claimed he would be happy to take on the world’s fastest man any time.

“I would run with Usain any day, he’s my training partner,” he said. “I would love to run with him, but they have to put up big money.”

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