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Bolt beats rival Powell in Paris Diamond League 100m

Usain Bolt

Bolt blasts Powell in Paris

World record holder Usain Bolt beat his fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell to win the 100m at the Diamond League event in Paris in a time of 9.84 seconds.

World and Olympic champion Bolt recovered from a poor start to easily outsprint Powell (9.91), with another Jamaican Yohan Blake (9.95) in third.

"I didn't feel as powerful as I wanted to out of the blocks," said Bolt. "I need to go home and work on that."

David Oliver ran the third fastest 110m hurdles time ever to win in 12.89.

American Oliver's stunning performance was two hundredths of a second outside the world record, set by Cuba's Dayron Robles in 2008. Britain's Andy Turner was sixth in 13.37.

David Oliver wins the 110m hurdles

Oliver goes close to hurdles world record

"It's excellent, I broke the US record and became the third ever under 12.90 sec," reflected Oliver, bronze medallist at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

"Records will come when they should - I'm not thinking about that too much."

It was a disappointing night for British athletes, with world champion Phillips Idowu coming fourth in the triple jump, only 10 days before the start of the European Championships in Barcelona.

Idowu, who struck gold at the World Championships in Berlin in 2009, recorded a best distance of 17.20m to finish 29cms behind winner David Girat from Cuba.

Bolt and Powell came into the 100m race sharing the fastest time in the world in 2010 of 9.82 seconds.

Bolt dissatisfied despite win

Bolt set his mark in Lausanne last week in his first appearance since May 27 after an Achilles tendon injury.

Powell, who was the last man to beat Bolt in the 100m in Stockholm in 2008, said he was disappointed with his performance in Paris but vowed to close the ground on his rival.

"I'll get him next time around," Powell stated. "It was just a bad race tonight but it will get better."

The only British triumph of the night came in the 4x100m relay as Mark Lewis-Francis anchored the team to victory in the ahead of Italy and Poland.

Russia's Anna Alminova

Dobriskey left trailing by Alminova in 1500m

Lisa Dobriskey put in an impressive performance to come fourth in the women's 1500m in a time of three minutes, 59.79 seconds.

Jo Pavey, still feeling her way back to form after the birth of her son Jacob, came a disappointing 13th in the 5000m, won by Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya.

In the men's 400m, 2004 Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner of the United States ran 44.50 seconds - the fastest time of the world this year - to beat Jermaine Gonzales of Jamaica, with Michael Bingham of Great Britain in fourth.

Elsewhere, American Allyson Felix underlined her supremacy in the women's 200m with a sprint of 22.15 seconds ahead of her compatriot Shalonda Simpson.

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Powell blasts to 100m win in Oslo
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