Bolt and Blake produce stunning displays in Brussels

Usain Bolt powers clear of his rivals to run the fastest 100 meters of 2011 in Brussels

Story highlights

  • World champions Usain Bolt and Johan Blake light up the Diamond League sprints in Brussels
  • Bolt runs the fastest 100 meters of the year while Blake runs the second fastest 200m in history
  • Double Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele runs the fastest 10,000m of the year
Jamaican world champions Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake proved they are the fastest two sprinters on the planet with devastating performances in the Diamond League meeting in Brussels on Friday.
Bolt won the 200 meters and Blake the 100 meters at the recent world athletics championships in Daegu, but they showed they are a force to be reckoned with in both disciplines with stunning times in the Belgian capital.
The 25-year-old Bolt, who lost his 100m title to Blake after false starting in Korea, clocked the fastest time of the year in the minimum distance, recording a time of 9.76 seconds to better the mark of another Jamaican -- Asafa Powell -- in Lausanne in June.
The Olympic 100m champion Bolt arrived in Belgium from Zagreb, where he ran 9.85 seconds on Tuesday, his best time of the season until Friday's performance.
"I never doubted that I could run this fast," Bolt told reporters. "I was happy with my race although I didn't get to my transition very well."
However, even the mighty Bolt was overshadowed by the display of 21-year-old Blake, who demolished a high-class field to win the 200m in 19.26 seconds, the second fastest time in history behind Bolt's 19.19 seconds.
"I expected to run fast, but not this fast," said Blake. "The last 40 meters was crazy, but I'm like a beast when that happens. I just take control of the track."
Double Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele won the 10,000m in 26 minutes, 43.16 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year, beating the mark of 26.46.57 set by 5,000m world champion Mo Farah of Great Britain.
Bekele won both the 5,000m and 10,000m gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but was forced to limp out of this year's world 10,000m with 10 laps to go because of a groin injury.