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Sprinters suffer at London meet

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British sprinters were licking their wounds after being whitewashed both over 100 and 200 metres in Friday night's Norwich Union London Grand Prix.


In the shorter race where Asafa Powell roared to his ninth successive sub-10 seconds victory in a time of 9.91secs, not one of the seven Britons competing made the final.


The 200m was equally disappointing, with British champion Marlon Devonish plus Tim Abeyie and Rikki Fifton filling the last three positions.


In fairness to them, the sell-out Crystal Palace crowd saw Tyson Gay erase the 16-year-old UK all-comers' record set by current world record holder Michael Johnson in Edinburgh.


Gay - with four other sub-20 second performers - in the field, blazed to a time of 19.84secs to slice one hundreth of a second from his legendary fellow American's time.


But the 100m men showed they all still lack the ability to be world-class performers - including former world junior champion Mark Lewis-Francis.


"I've only got 10 days before the European Championships, so I've got to get something right," said Lewis-Francis, already chosen along with Tyrone Edgar for Gothenburg.


He added: "This is the first time in three years I've been injury free. I think it will come.


"I attacked the first 40 and nothing happened. I hope being in a championships environment will bring on some form.

"I need to get race sharp - that's all."

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