Yohan Blake, Galen Rupp Highlight Thrilling Brussels Diamond League

The final Diamond League competition of the year in Brussels was an absolute thrilling affair that saw a host of great competition including four world leading times.

Bolt in shock at Blake's 19.26

The meet was highlighted by Yohan Blake’s spectacular 200 meter run in a time of 19.26 seconds, the second fastest of all-time.  The 100 meter world champion had an incredibly lackluster start, allowing Walter Dix on his inside to pull even at the half-way mark.  The second half of the race, however, was all about Blake as he sped past Dix to win a meet record and world leading time.

Dix set a personal best of 19.53 seconds in second place, the second-fast ever run by an American.

Blake’s stunning performance should send warning signs to Jamaican teammate Usain Bolt who ran 9.76 seconds in Brussels to set the world leading mark in the 100 meters.  Bolt can no longer afford to fool around in his preparation for the London Olympics.

The other headline for U.S. fans were the distances performances of Galen Rupp and Morgan Uceny.

Rupp shattered the American record for 10,000 meters, running 26 minutes, 48.00 seconds to break Chris Solinsky’s one year old mark by more than ten seconds.  Rupp finished the race in third place behind Kenenisa Bekele who won in just his second race back from prolonged injury and Kenyan Lucas Rotich.

Uceny claimed her third Diamond League 1500 meter win on Friday and just missed breaking the elusive four minute barrier to win in 4 minutes, 0.06 seconds.  The victory clinched the Diamond League title and $40,000 in prize money for the Cornell grad.  World champion Jenny Simpson finished well back in 13th place in 4 minutes, 3.68 seconds.

Other results of note:

  • After an undefeated season up to this point, Sally Pearson crashed at hurdle seven to suffer her first loss of 2011.  American Danielle Carruthers took advantage to not only win the race but also to take home the Diamond League jackpot.
  • Reese Hoffa defeated countryman Christian Cantwell in the shot put competition in which both men heaved throws over 22 meters with Hoffa just edging out Cantwell, 22.09 meters to 22.07 meters.  Dylan Armstrong of Canada did just enough in fourth to win the Diamond League championship.
  • Alistair Cragg of Ireland set an Irish national record of 13 minutes, 3.53 seconds in the 5000 meters.  The graduate of the University of Arkansas took nearly half a second off Mark Carroll’s previous mark.
  • Twin brothers Jonathan and Kevin Borlee went one-two in front of the home Belgian crowd in the 400 meters.

For full results from the Brussels Diamond League meet, click here.

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