By James K. Attaglo Wilson|

2011 world champion Yohan Blake showed further signs of encouraging form to claim back-to-back 100m titles.

Blake, who cruised through the early rounds, unleashed a burst of speed in the finals that his opponents could not match running a season’s best 9.90 (0.8 m/s). Julian Forte (10.04) clinched second by a whisker over Senoj-Jay Givans (10.05).

“Every time I run I keep getting better,” said Blake. “Every day Usain Bolt has been encouraging me and I just want to maintain this form going into the World Championships.”

Meanwhile, Blake’s greatest rival and training partner [Usain Bolt] skipped the meeting as he prepares for his world championships farewell in London.

The final was also missing a few recognisable names who exited or failed to show up at various stages throughout the rounds, due to injuries. The list includes Asafa Powell, Kemar Bailey-Cole and Jevaughn Minzie. Promising sprinter Odean Skeen also pulled up in the final.