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Bolt Wins 100 Meters at Brussels; Merritt Sets Record in Hurdles

Sept. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Usain Bolt won the 100 meters at tonight’s Diamond League track meet in Brussels, while Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake won the 200-meter race.

Aries Merritt of the U.S. set a world record of 12.80 seconds in the men’s 110-meters hurdles, besting the previous mark of 12.87 seconds set by Cuba’s Dayron Robles in 2008.

Bolt started slowly before taking the lead midway through the 100 and won in a time of 9.87 seconds. The two-time Olympic champion and world record-holder celebrated by throwing his shoes into the crowd.

Bolt led a Jamaican sweep, with Nesta Carter second in 9.96 seconds and Kemar Bailey Cole third in a personal best of 9.97 seconds.

Blake finished second to Bolt in both the 100 and 200 at the London Olympics last month, but skipped the shorter race tonight. The 22-year-old led tonight’s 200 from the outset and eased to victory in 19.54 seconds. Jamaica’s Jason Young was second in 19.92, with France’s Christophe Lemaitre third in 20.17.

American Jayson Richardson finished second to Merritt’s world-record performance in the hurdles, with Jamaica’s Hansle Parchment third, mirroring the trio’s finish at the Olympics.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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