ZAGREB, Croatia (AFP)— Former world champion Yohan Blake claimed 100-metre victory at the World Challenge event in Zagreb on Tuesday in a time of 10.05 seconds.
The second-fastest man of all-time, who finished fourth in the world championship final in London earlier this month, beat American Mike Rodgers (10.14) and his fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell (10.16) into second and third respectively.
Surprise world 200m champion Ramil Guliyev of Turkey had to settle for fifth in a time of 10.36 secs.
Meanwhile, Shanieka Ricketts, who was eight in London with 14.13m, leapt 14.45m for victory. Viktoriya Prokopenko was second in 13.96m with Lithuania’s Dovile Dzindzaletaite third with 13.95m.
Jamaica’s 2015 100m hurdles champion, Danielle Williams was fifth in 13.40s (0.1 m/s) the same time as fourth-placed Megan Simmonds. In form American Christina Manning won in 12.66s ahead of veteran Dawn Harper-Nelson in 12.84s. Kristi Castling rounded out the top three for the Americans in 12.86s.
On the men’s side, Jamaica’s 2014 Commonwealth Games 110m hurdles champion Andrew Riley was fourth in 13.49s. London silver medalist, Sergey Shubenkov won in 13.12s ahead of American Devon Allen with 13.19s. Jamaica’s Ronald Levy who was scheduled to compete, did not start.
Schillonie Calvert-Powell was fifth in the women’s 100m, clocking 11.43s (1.0 m/s) in a race won by Nigeria’s Blessing Okagabare-Ighoteguonor in 11.14s. Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain was second in 11.23s with Michelle-Lee Ahye third in 11.26s.
On Monday, Jamaica’s O’Dayne Richards threw 21.00m for fourth in the men’s shot put. Tomas Walsh of New Zealand won with 21.50m ahead of Damien Birkinhead of Australia with 21.35m.