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Bloomfield scores personal best to win 200m in London Diamond League

Jamaica 20-year-old Akeem Bloomfield crushed the men's 200m field in a new lifetime best of 19.81 seconds at  during the London Diamond League (Muller Anniversary Games 2018) anniversary games at Queen Elizabeth Stadium in London yesterday. 

Bloomfield, who  turned professional less than a month ago, became the first Jamaican to run sub-20 seconds and sub-44 seconds for the 200m/400m, respectively and also ran the fastest 200m by a Jamaican since Usain Bolt ran 19.78 seconds in the semi-final at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Bloomfield, who was running only his third race as a professional, pulled away from a quality field to become the fourth fastest man in the world over the distance this year. Only Noah Lyles of the USA (19.65), Clarence Munyai of South Africa (19.69) and Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas (19.75) have gone faster in 2018.

But according to 20-year-old Jamaican, he won’t be fourth fastest for long.

“To go that fast is an amazing feeling and there is more in the tank,” he told Sportsmax.tv after his race on Sunday.

“With a little more strength work, a little more speed work, (and) some small technical stuff, I think there is a lot more in the tank. A lot of fast times are ahead.”

Running in lane seven, Bloomfield was among the leaders at the top of the home stretch but with about 50m to run, he pulled away from the field to win comfortably ahead of Panama’s Alonso Edwards 20.01s and Ecuador’s Alex Quinonez 20.13.

“It was a very good race. I felt like I executed well. I got a pretty good start compared to what I got in Luzern (where he ran 20.00) and I just kept form, followed through with the race and got the time,” he said.

  • Countries: Jamaica

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