Jamaicans dominated the sprints in
the first Diamond League event over the weekend and Cayman’s Cydonie Mothersill
had another fast run.
Olympic and World Championships
medallists Asafa Powell and Kerron Stewart were winners at the meet in Doha,
Qatar, which was severely affected by wind.
Powell, who had sped to 9.75
seconds (wind +2.6 metres per second) in the heats, returned an hour later to
win the final in another wind assisted 9.81secs following an atrocious start.
Times over 2.0 metres per second cannot be ratified as records.
In fact, Powell — the third
fastest man in history behind Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay — had drifted to his
left into the lane of fellow Jamaican Lerone Clarke, who had a better start.
Powell, who has a personal best of
9.72 seconds attained in 2008, said: “It’s the first I’ve opened so well
in my career so I’m happy. The 9.75 should open a few eyes. I did well so the
next race should be a lot of better.”
Powell said that he is looking
forward to facing main rivals Bolt and Gay later in the season.
Powell’s training partner at the
MVP Track Club Nesta Carter finished second in 9.88secs ahead of American
Travis Padgett with 9.92secs.
Earlier, World and Olympic 100m
silver medallist, Stewart, who was pushed by a massive wind of (+3.0 m/s) won
the women’s 200m in 22.34 seconds.
Her fast-finishing compatriot
Sherone Simpson — who tied for the 100m silver at the Beijing Olympic –placed
second in 22.64 ahead of Mothersill with 22.66secs.
The Doha meet is the first of 14
around the world in the Diamond League, which is the successor to the Golden