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London – Yohan Blake ran his quickest 100 metres on Thursday to go level with American Tyson Gay as the second fastest man of all time.
Blake’s time of 9.69sec in the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne matched Gay’s time from 2009 and is bettered only by his training partner Usain Bolt.
Gay was second in 9.83sec but there was a metre and a half between him and the Jamaican.
Blake will not be in Birmingham to compete at the Diamond League meeting on Sunday after being “insulted” with an offer of only $40,000 to race.
He will have earned more than three times as much for last night’s fastest ever 100m in the Pontaise Olympic Stadium.
Blake bowed his head on his victory lap to his friend Bolt, who had been watching with other sprinters preparing for the subsequent 200m. Bolt won that at a canter in 19.58.
Bolt declines to compete in Britain outside of the Olympics because tax laws would cost him more than he would be paid. Blake will also stay away because he is not paid enough. – Daily Mail