Christophe Lemaitre shrugged off damp and dismal conditions to win the 200 meters at the London Grand Prix on Saturday, while Blessing Okagbare upstaged the Olympic and world champions in the women's 100.
Lemaitre of France won at the Crystal Palace Diamond League meet in a personal best for the season of 19.91 seconds, ahead of Dutchman Churandy Martina and Marvin Anderson of Jamaica.
Only Jamaicans Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake have gone faster than Lemaitre this season, ahead of the July 27-Aug. 12 Olympics.
''I knew I could run under 20 seconds but to do that here is very good, two weeks before the Olympic Games,'' Lemaitre said. ''Now I'm very confident over this distance. For the Olympic Games, I want to go even faster, because with Bolt, Blake and the other sprinters I think that I must beat my personal best if I want to win a medal.''
In the 100, Okagbare of Nigeria won in 11.01 seconds, leaving world champion Carmelita Jeter trailing in second, and Olympic champion Shelly-...