KINGSTON, Jamaica (Sporting Alert) — Yohan Blake won the 200 metres dash at the Jamaica International Invitational at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday night.
The world 100m champion who has been very lively so far this season, clocked a 2012 best time of 19.91 to lower the meet record of Nickel Ashmeade which he set last year at 19.95secs. The time also bettered Wallace Spearmon’s 19.95 previous world-leading time.
Ashmeade was second to Blake on Saturday night in 20.09, while third place went to Warren Weir (20.21).
The women’s 200m dash was won by American Bianca Knight and she clocked a solid 22.49 to beat reigning Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica (22.53) and Shalondo Solomon of USA who came home in 22.82.
Elsewhere at the meeting, Usain Bolt opened his 2012 term with a world leading 9.82seconds clocking to win the men’s 100m.
Bolt’s time is faster than the previous 2012 mark of 9.90secs, set by his fellow countryman ad training partner Blake last month.
Carmelita Jeter won the women’s race in world-leading and meeting record of 10.86, her fellow American teammate Bershawn Jackson won the men’s 400m hurdles in 48.73.