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The Jamaica Invitational headlines this edition of the Morning Run. Despite running woefully behind schedule (so much so that the satellite window closed before the men’s and women’s 200m races) the meet featured several gold medal favorites and the deepest sprint fields thus far in 2012.
Usain Bolt had his fastest debut ever in the 100 with a 9.82 win. Michael Frater and Lerone Clarke pushed him, but Bolt, and the jersey featuring his face, was too much over the last 30 meters.
Sanya Richards-Ross lost her race, and her world lead, to Novelene Williams-Mills in the 400.
Carmelita Jeter didn’t look at the top of her game, but she still ran a world-leading 10.81.
A bulked up Yohan Blake won the men’s 200 in 19.91. Last year, it took Bolt a few months to look like his old self after putting on muscle in the off-season.
In a mild upset, Bianca Knight ran down Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce in the women’s 200.
The rest of the professional results, including Bershawn Jackson and Brigitte Foster Hylton, are here.
In Kawasaki, Allyson Felix won the 100 in 11.22, Liu Xiang went 13.09 in the 110 hurdles and Amantle Montsho ran 50.52 in the 400.
Andrew Wheating returned to racing at the Oregon Twilight and won in “epic Wheating fashion.” Bridget Franek also starred with a world-lead in the steeplechase.
It was a two steps back weekend for Alan Webb at the Duke Twilight.
Jesse Squire’s first member of his dual meet hall of fame.
The New York Times on Ashton Eaton, his coach Harry Marra, and the potential of a US sweep in London.