ATHLETICS – Fresh off running the equal-third fastest time ever in the 100m in Lausanne, Yohan Blake can become the first man to go under 9.70 seconds twice in one season at the Weltklasse in Zurich on Thursday.
> Blake ran 9.69 seconds in a Diamond League meet in Lausanne last week, the fifth mark under 9.70 seconds by any man. Of the other four, three belong to Usain Bolt and the other to Tyson Gay.
> Blake can be the first man to run under 9.70 seconds twice in one season. Bolt’s three times under 9.70 seconds came in three different seasons: 2008, 2009 and 2012.
> Blake can become the first man to run 9.75 seconds or better four times in one season and can equal Bolt’s career record of four times of 9.75 seconds or better.
> Jamaicans Blake, Bolt and Asafa Powell currently own nine of the 11 marks of 9.75 seconds or better, with Gay owning the other two. Blake can make it 10 out of 12 for Jamaica.
> Blake clocked 9.82 seconds in winning in Zurich last year. Powell’s 9.77 seconds in 2006 is the meet record.
> The 100m is not a Diamond League discipline in Zurich but has still drawn a world-class field. All nine scheduled starters have personal best times of under 10 seconds.