Yohan Blake wins the 100 at the Van Damme Memorial

Jamaica's Yohan Blake competes during the men's 100 meter. (Olivier Matthys/AP)

BRUSSELS — Yohan Blake won the 100 metres 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 metres on her last attempt, sweeping past Lorraine Ugen of Britain, who missed out by 5 centimetres. World champion Brittney Reese of the United States finished only fifth.

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