Lagat does it again

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STOCKHOLM, August 7- Nancy Lagat’s hot streak continued on Friday night when she won the women’s 1500m at the Stockholm Diamond League.

The Olympic and African champion crossed the line in 4.00.70 ahead of Russia’s Anna Alminova and Mimi Belete who were second and third respectively.

Paul Koech spearheaded a Kenya 1-2-3 in the men’s 300m steeplechase which he won in 8:02.18.

Silas Kitum (8:12.42) and Elias Chelimo (8:12.93) were second and third respectively.

Military champion and 2010 Africa Athletics bronze medalist Mark Kiptoo triumphed in the men’s 5000m in a time of 12:53.46.

Meanwhile, world record holder and Olympic champion Usain Bolt crashed to his first defeat in two years on Friday when America’s Tyson Gay won their eagerly-awaited 100m clash.

Gay clocked 9.84sec to edge Bolt, who was second in 9.97sec, while Trinidad’s Richard Thompson took third in 10.10sec.

"It feels great to beat Usain but deep down inside I know he is not 100 percent," said Gay, the second fastest man in the history of the event.

"I look forward to beating him when he is 100 percent."

Gay, celebrating his first win over the triple Olympic and world champion, insisted that Bolt is still the man to catch.

"Usain knows what his limitations are. His goal this year was to go undefeated, not set world records. He has plenty left in the tank."

Bolt’s last defeat came at the same Stockholm track in 2008 when Jamaican compatriot Asafa Powell took victory.

Since that loss, Bolt had enjoyed 14 successive wins, including the last time he clashed with Gay at the world championships in 2009.

Powell, the former world record holder, was also due to take part on Friday but was forced out with a groin injury.

"You can get beat any day. You have good days and bad days," said Bolt, who is still looking for sharpness following an Achilles injury earlier in the season.

"I still need to work on my strength. The first 10 metres tonight was crap. I had no power, no nothing. I have tried to work on it but it didn’t work out tonight."

Bolt said two delays at the start had upset his rythym.

"I was ready but the two stand-ups annoyed me. But Tyson was in better shape than me and was better prepared," he said.

Despite the defeat, Bolt, whose world record stands at 9.58sec, still has the fastest time this season of 9.82sec which he shares with Powell.

Bolt has also won three races in 2010 – at Daegu, Lausanne and Paris.

Bolt, Powell and Gay are due to race in the 100m at Brussels on August 27.

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