Blake, Fraser-Pryce win in NY
Reigning world champion Yohan Blake and 2008 Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, both of Jamaica, won 100-metre titles on Saturday at the Diamond League athletics meet in New York.
The day also saw the triumphant return of Tyson Gay in a B-level 100 race, a romp by 800m world champion David Rudisha and another failure to reach an Olympic time standard for South African Oscar Pistorius.
Blake battled back to edge Trinidad and Tobago's Keston Bledman at the line in 9.90 seconds, winning by .03, with American Michael Rodgers third in 9.99 and 2008 Olympic runner-up Richard Thompson fourth in 10.09.
"I just wanted to keep a clean sheet going into the Olympics," Blake said. "I feel a little disapointed. I wanted to do something better. Just one of those days."
Last year in South Korea, Blake became the youngest world 100m champion by winning the final after world record-holder and reigning Olympic champion Usain Bolt was disqualified for a false start.
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Blake, aided by a 0.7m/sec tailwind, will best tested by training partner Bolt, Asafa Powell and a host of rivals at the Jamaican Olympic trials in late June and says a Jamaican 100m Olympic podium sweep is "more than possible".
"I'm excited," Blake said. "We get to push each other in training. "It's going to be a cracker in Jamaica in a few weeks. Being undefeated is important going into the trials You feel invincible.
"I'm prepared for trials. That's the key. Qualifying for the Olympics is what matters."
Asked if his "clean sheet" would include the Jamaican Olympic trials, Blake said, "of course it will include the trials."
Dutchman Churandy Martina edged Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade in a photo-finish for the 200m title in 19.94, both .03 off Blake's 2012 world-best 200m time, and former world champion Sanya Richards-Ross won the women's 200 in 22.09.
Former world champion Gay, running into a headwind of 1.5m/sec, prevailed in 10.00secs with Jamaican duo Kemar Bailey Cole and Jason Young second and third in 10.30sec in a photo-finish.
"He wanted to run 9.9 and I think without the headwind he would have run that," Blake said of Gay.
The 29-year-old American had not raced in nearly a year after hip surgery last year, but served notice he will be a contender to earn an Olympic berth at the US trials later this month in Eugene, Oregon.
"For my first race in a while, that's not a bad time," Gay said. "It feels good to be back."
Fraser-Pryce, the 2009 world champion and defending Olympic champion, grabbed the lead early and won in 10.92 seconds, her best time so far this year coming three weeks before Jamaica's Olympic trials.
"I came out here just to execute a good race. Everything went right," said Fraser-Pryce. "This was very important going into my national championship."
American Tianna Madison was second in a personal-best 10.97 with Carmelita Jeter, whose 10.81 is this year's world best, third in 11.05.
Kenyan's world record-holder Rudisha cruised to victory in 1:41.74, the fastest time in the world this year. Kenyan Alfred Kirwa Yego, the 2007 world champion, was a distant second in 1:44.49.
"It was a fast time," Rudisha said. "It felt good for my first time in the United States. I'm in great shape and I'm expecting to perform well in London."
Two-time world indoor champion and last year's world outdoor runner-up Abubaker Kaki of Sudan pulled up starting the last lap and did not finish.
Dominican teen Luguelin Santos won the men's 400 in 45.24, .06 ahead of runner-up Jeremy Wariner, the 2004 Olympic champion, in a strong field.
'Blade Runner' Pistorius, trying to run 45.30 to be considered for an Olympic berth at 400m, was last in 46.14 but confident he could meet the standard by the end of June.
"I have another two races by the end of the month," Pistorius said. "I'm sure I can put it together."
Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba, reigning 5 000 and 10 000 Olympic champion and 5 000m world record-holder, won the 5 000 in 14:50.80 with compatriot Meseret Defar, the 2004 Olympic and 2007 world 5 000m champion, 6.22 seconds back.
World champion Jason Richardson took the 110 hurdles in 13.18 with fellow American Jeff Porter second in a personal-best 13.26. Beijing Olympic bronze medalist David Oliver was fourth in 13.37.
American Bernard Lagat won the men's 1 500 in 3:34.63 with Djibouti's Ayanleh Souleiman second, .10 of a second back.
Ethiopian Fantu Magiso celebrated her 20th birthday by winning the women's 800 in a national-record 1:57.48.
South Africa's Sunette Viljoen won the women's javelin with a throw of 69.35m, the longest distance in the world this year.
New Zealand's Valerie Adams, a three-time world champion and the reigning Olympic champion, won the women's shot put with an effort of 20.60m.
1. Yohan Blake (Jamaica) 9.90
2. Keston Bledman (Trinidad and Tobago) 9.93
3. Michael Rodgers (U.S.) 9.99
1. Churandy Martina (Netherlands) 19.94
2. Nickel Ashmeade (Jamaica) 19.94
3. Warren Weir (Jamaica) 20.08
1. Luguelin Santos (Dominican Republic) 45.24
2. Jeremy Wariner (U.S.) 45.30
3. Chris Brown (Bahamas) 45.35
7. Oscar Pistorius, South Africa
1. David Lekuta Rudisha (Kenya) 1:41.74
2. Alfred Kirwa Yego (Kenya) 1:44.49
3. Andrew Osagie (Britain) 1:44.61
1. Bernard Lagat (U.S.) 3:34.63
2. Ayanleh Souleiman (Djibouti) 3:34.73
3. David Torrence (U.S.) 3:35.48
9. Peter Van Der Westhuizen, South Africa
Men's 110m Hurdles
1. Jason Richardson (U.S.) 13.18
2. Jeff Porter (U.S.) 13.26
3. Orlando Ortega (Cuba) 13.35
Men's High Jump
1. Jesse Williams (U.S.) 2.36
2. Robbie Grabarz (Britain) 2.36
3. Trevor Barry (Bahamas) 2.31
3=. Jamie Nieto (U.S.) 2.31
Men's Long Jump
1. Mitchell Watt (Australia) 8.16
2. Fabrice Lapierre (Australia) 8.14
3. George Kitchens (U.S.) 7.88
1. Zoltan Koevago (Hungary) 66.36
2. Frank Casanas (Spain) 65.21
3. Vikas Gowda (India) 64.86
1. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica) 10.92
2. Tianna Madison (U.S.) 10.97
3. Carmelita Jeter (U.S.) 11.05
1. Sanya Richards-Ross (U.S.) 22.09
2. Bianca Knight (U.S.) 22.46
3. Mikele Barber (U.S.) 22.96
1. Francena McCorory (U.S.) 50.06
2. Novlene Williams-Mills (Jamaica) 50.10
3. Rosemarie Whyte (Jamaica) 50.62
1. Fantu Magiso (Ethiopia) 1:57.48
2. Molly Beckwith (U.S.) 1:59.18
3. Marilyn Okoro (Britain) 1:59.37
1. Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia) 14:50.80
2. Meseret Defar (Ethiopia) 14:57.02
3. Gelete Burka (Ethiopia) 15:02.74
Women's 400m Hurdles
1. Ti'erra Brown (U.S.) 54.85
2. Kaliese Spencer (Jamaica) 54.91
3. Queen Harrison (U.S.) 55.32
Women's Pole Vault
1. Fabiana Murer (Brazil) 4.77
2. Yarisley Silva (Cuba) 4.70
3. Nikolia Kiriakopoulou (Greece) 4.60
Women's Triple Jump
1. Olga Rypakova (Kazakhstan) 14.71
2. Kimberly Williams (Jamaica) 14.45
3. Dailenys Alcantara (Cuba) 14.24
Women's Shot Put
1. Valerie Adams (New Zealand) 20.60
2. Jillian Camarena-Williams (U.S.) 19.62
3. Michelle Carter (U.S.) 19.32
Women's Javelin Throw
1. Sunette Viljoen (South Africa) 69.35
2. Barbora Spotakova (Czech Republic) 68.73
3. Kara Patterson (U.S.) 60.33