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Bolt triumphs but Isinbayeva beaten

WORLD record holder Usain Bolt brought a flash of Jamaican sunshine to another miserable European evening when he raced to 100 meters victory in 9.91 seconds at the London Grand Prix on Friday.

The triple Olympic champion, who has had to overcome wind or rain in virtually every "summer" outing as he prepares for next month's world championships in Berlin, faced a 1.7-meter headwind but cruised home ahead of 19-year-old compatriot Yohan Blake (10.11).

Blake, who ran 9.93 last week, is the latest sprinter to roll off the Jamaican production line and left compatriot and former world record holder Asafa Powell trailing in sixth in 10.26 seconds.

Bolt's victory came hours after it was announced five unnamed Jamaicans had been withdrawn from the world championships after testing positive for a banned substance.

All five tested positive for a "minor substance" after last month's national championships in Kingston.

Two of them were members of the newly formed Racers Track Club who were due to provide a team for the 4x100 relay yesterday.

"If it's somebody from our group I can't comment," said Bolt, who is also part of the relay team. "It's sad for the sport, it's a step backwards but it shows if people take drugs they get caught."

While Bolt remains a huge favorite for Berlin, a chink appeared in the armor of pole vault world record holder and world and Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva as she was beaten into second place on countback by Pole Anna Rogowska.

The Russian, with a best effort of 5.05 meters, suffered her first defeat of the season and needed three attempts to clear her opening height of 4.68 before failing all three at 4.78.

"I'm not in form, I think I'm tired from competitions but I'm confident for Berlin," said Isinbayeva, who has won the last two world titles.


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