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Yohan Blake wins the 100 at the Van Damme Memorial

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BRUSSELS (AP) Yohan Blake won the 100 meters at the Van Damme Memorial, beating Michael Rodgers of the United States and fellow-Jamaican Julian Forte on Friday.

In the absence of recently retired Usain Bolt and world champion Justin Gatlin, 2011 world champion Blake rekindled some old form for a rare win, finishing in a modest 10.02 seconds as runners were slowed by the rain and cold at the King Baudouin Stadium.

Rodgers finished in 10.09 and Forte had 10.12.

On a tough night for athletes, Ivana Spanovic of Serbia won the long jump with 6.70 meters on her last attempt, sweeping past Lorraine Ugen of Britain, who missed out by 5 centimeters. World champion Brittney Reese of the United States finished only fifth.

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