Ahoure powers to African 100m record,Bolt stumbles to 100 win in Jamaica

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jun 12, 2021
  • Ivorian Murielle Ahoure set a new African 100m record.(Photo:Courtesy)

Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast broke the African 100m record when running 10.78 (1.6m/s) at the Star Athletics Pro Meet in Montverde, Florida on Saturday.

The 28-year-old's run catapulted her to the top of the world list and brought her home marginally in front of Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown, who was runner-up in 10.83.

Ahoure's run eclipsed the African record of 10.79 held by Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare since 2013, and took three hundredths of a second off her previous best of 10.81, which was run in London last July.

Earlier in the day, Ahoure had run a marginally wind-aided 10.80 (2.1m/s) in the premilinary rounds.

Joanna Atkins finished third in the final in 11.09, while world junior 200m champion Kaylin Whitney finished fourth in 11.17.

In Jamaiaca, Olympic champion Usain Bolt recorded the second fastest time of the year in winning a 100m race despite stumbling out of his starting blocks.

Bolt ran 9.88 seconds at the Racers Grand Prix in Kingston. Only Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut (9.86) has gone quicker.

After a poor start, Bolt caught fellow Jamaicans Yohan Blake, the London 2012 silver medallist, and Asafa Powell by 60m before easing over the line.

"I'm happy I got a season best. It was not a perfect race but I won," he said.

"I was trying to control the start but it's just one of those things. It comes, it goes.

"I think I dragged my foot too hard so it kind of propelled me forward and then I just tried to correct myself, not try to panic and just make my way through."

Bolt, the 100m world record holder, added that he was "in good nick" ahead of Jamaica's Olympic trials which start on 30 June.

"The more I run, the smoother my running will become and the faster I'll get," he said. Nickel Ashmeade finished second in 9.94secs, with Blake third and Powell fourth.

Additional reporting BBC