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Bolt chases down Powell to win Brussels 100m showdown

5 September 2008

Usain Bolt (Image of Sport) Usain Bolt (Image of Sport)
Usain Bolt chased down countryman Asafa Powell to win the men's 100m in a remarkable 9.77 seconds in a -1.3 headwind to win at Friday's Memorial Van Damme meeting.

In fact, it was a Jamaican 1-2-3-4 sweep as Nesta Carter and Michael Frater, who with Bolt and Powell won gold in a world record time at the Olympics took third and fourth respectively.

Powell, as usual, got out to his familiar rocket start and looked to have the race in the bags after Bolt stumbled slightly after his early steps.

However, Bolt, the Olympic triple gold medallist, deciding not to end his season on a losing note, made his familiar move at the 60m mark to win the race by three-metres.

"Asafa is a really fast guy. I'm getting used to chasing him," Bolt said.

Powell finished second in a fast 9.83, with Carter taking third in 10.07 and Frater completing the sweep, at 10.08.

"I came out to run fast," Powell said. "Usain really put on the pressure."

American world champion Tyson Gay was supposed to be involved in the race also, but pulled out on Thursday, with the fear of getting further injury following a hamstring injury he sustained at the American trials.

Meanwhile, Kenyan teenage sensation Pamela Jelimo became a Golden League millionaire after she won her sixth race in the women's 800m and Croatian high jumper Blanka Vlasic missed out by losing to German Ariane Friedrich in the women's high jump.

The 18-year-old Jelimo clocked 1:55.16 to take the two lap event over fellow countrywoman Janeth Jepkosgei, who finished in 1:58.85 was second, while Jamaica's Kenia Sinclair ran well to take third with 1:59.11.

The women's 100m race went to home hero Kim Gevaert who clocked 11.25 to send the crowd on their feet. Gevaert, running in her final event of her career, beat Bahamian Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, at 11.32 and USA's Me'Lisa Barber (11.37).

Jeremy Wariner won the men's 400m in 44.44 seconds, almost a full seconds ahead of Great Britain's Martyn Rooney, who ran 45.34 for second place.

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