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Powell fastest in 100 meters

06-11-2010 09:16 BJT

Rome hosted the fourth Diamond League meeting of the 2010 series on Thursday. A strong field was on show in the men's 100 metres with Asafa Powell looking to emerge from the shadows of his compatriot Usain Bolt.

Powell started second slowest but recovered strongly. The Jamaican was leading the field comfortably at the half way mark and stormed home in a time of 9.82 seconds, the fastest of the year. Frenchmen Christophe Lemaitre and Martial Mbandjock finished second and third.

In the women's 100 metres, Jamaica's Olympic and world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser and US runner Mikkele Barber were disqualified for a false start. American Lashauntea Moore claimed the honours in a time of 11.04 seconds with Chandra Sturrup of the Bahamas taking second place.

Walter Dix of the United States kept up his impressive form in the men's 200 metres. He exploded out of the blocks and took control of the race on the bend before powering away from the rest of the field in the home straight. His time of 19.86 was a meeting record. Dix's teammate Wallace Spearmon recorded a time of 20.05 second while Ireland's Paul Hession came third in 20.06.

In the 110 hurdles, Cuba's Olympic champion and world record holder Dayron Robles cruised to victory at 13.14 seconds in his first Diamond League meeting of the season.

In the women's high jump, Blanka Vlasic and Chaunte Howard-Lowe spurred each other

on to greater heights. Howard-Lowe became the first athlete of the evening to clear 2.03 metres. But Vlasic cleared the height at the second attempt to take the win on countback. St. Lucia's Lavern Spencer was third.

Rome hosted the fourth Diamond League meeting of the 2010 series on Thursday. A strong field was on show in the men's 100 metres with Asafa Powell looking to emerge from the shadows of his compatriot Usain Bolt. 
Rome hosted the fourth Diamond League meeting 
of the 2010 series on Thursday. A strong field
was on show in the men's 100 metres with Asafa
Powell looking to emerge from the shadows of 
his compatriot Usain Bolt.

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