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Guliyev joins exclusive club with 9.97 clocking

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Turkey’s Ramil Guliyev has been in some of the best form of his career over 200m this season but the 27-year-old demonstrated he is just as proficient over 100m with a 9.97 clocking at the Turkish Super League in Bursa, Turkey on Thursday (6).

Guliyev produced one of the standout performances at the European Athletics Team Championships First League in Vaasa, Finland where he sped to a championship record of 20.20 on a cool and breezy afternoon. This was followed by a victory in the Paris Diamond League the following weekend in 20.15 despite not being sure if he was even going to start due to a stomach virus.

Guliyev was at full health on home soil in Bursa yesterday evening when he sped to a lifetime best in the 100m of 9.97 to join Jimmy Vicaut at the top of the European rankings. This was his first time under the ten second-barrier, although he was credited with a hand-timed 9.9 at the start of the season.

In doing so, Guliyev became just the sixth European sprinter in history to have broken the sub-10 barrier for the 100m and the sub-20 barrier for the 200m. After finishing sixth at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, Guliyev sped to a 19.88 clocking in Zagreb less than a fortnight later to move to sixth on the European all-time lists.

That performance in Beijing was his best senior showing in a global championships to date but the former European U20 champion looks poised to improve at the World Championships in London which begin next month. Guliyev is unbeaten in eleven finals over 100m and 200m this season and is ranked in the world’s top ten at both distances as well.