Diamond League - Brussels - WR in hurdles
The American Aries Merritt, who seemed to be on a row of consistent 12.92s and 12.93s in the past weeks set the evening alight by knocking off a serious margin of the world record: he ran an astonishing 12.80
, a fabulous world record added to the crown of the Memorial. Merritt also earned the Diamond league. Another American Jason Richardson claimed second in 13.05, the Jamaican Hansle Parchment third in 13.14.
In the 800m Francine Nyonsaba was a surprise winner in 1:56.59, a national record for Burundi. She beat the Kenyan Pamela Jelimo, 1:57.24, who still won the Diamond league, and the Russian Mariya Savinova, 1:59.05.
With the appearance of Usain Bolt
, the crowds went really wild again. He claimed the 100m in 9.86
and takes the Diamond home to Jamaica. Two other Jamaicans, Nesta Carter (9.96) and Kernar Bailey Cole (9.97) completed the top three. In the subsequent 200m there was no stopping Yohan Blake
, who won the event in 19.54, ahead of his compatriot Jason Young in 19.92 and the French Christophe Lemaitre in 20.17.