CJ Ujah continued his preparation for next month’s World Athletics Championships in style as he sprinted to 100m glory with a sub-ten second showing at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rabat.
Ujah achieved a season’s best time of 9.98 seconds in Morocco and beat the previous meeting record, 10.12s set by American Justin Gatlin, for good measure.
It was the Brit’s third 100m Diamond League triumph of the season – following his victories in Rome and London – and his time was just 0.02s shy of the personal best he achieved back in July 2015.
Ben Youssef Meite flew out of the blocks at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium but a mid-race acceleration saw Ujah power past the Ivory Coast athlete and pip him by 0.03s, with fellow Brit Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake third, in a time of 10.18.
The 2017 World Athletics Championships get underway in London on August 4 and a number of other British stars warmed up for the event with podium places in Rabat.
High jumper Robbie Grabarz produced a leap of 2.27m to finish second behind Andriy Protsenko of Ukraine, while sprinter Zharnel Hughes took third in the men’s 200m.
Hughes set a season’s best 20.22s to finish behind Andre De Grasse of Canada and USA’s Ameer Webb, while Eilidh Doyle also came third in the women’s 400m hurdles with a time of 54.92 – the race being won by Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic.