Powell improves to 9.72, Bolt dashes 19.63 in Lausanne

Jamaican sprint stars Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Shelly-Ann Fraser took the spotlight in front of a 15,900 capacity crowd at Lausanne’s Athletissima, a Super Grand Prix status meeting, one of the final stops of the IAAF World Athletics Tour 2008.

Nine days after the end of the Olympic Games in Beijing where the Jamaicans dominated the sprint scene, Powell improved his position as the second fastest man in history with 9.72, Bolt equalled the meeting record in the 200 metres storming to 19.63 and Fraser won a close women’s 100 metres in 11.02.

Two more Jamaican wins were taken by 400 metres Hurdles Olympic champion Melaine Walker in 53.72 and Delloreen Ennis-London in the women’s 100 metres Hurdles in 12.60.

The other highlights of another super edition of the Athletissima were Andrei Silnov’s 2.35m in the men’s High Jump, Lashawn Merritt’s 43.98 in the men’s 400 metres and David Oliver’s win over Dayron Robles in the men’s 110 metres Hurdles.


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