ASAFA RUNS WORLD BEST
Posted by Dresonic on May 30, 2007
BACK with a bang, 100m world record holder Asafa Powell sped to the fastest time this year and the fastest 100m ever in Serbia, clocking a world-leading and meet record 9.97 seconds to win the event at the second Belgrade International Meeting at the Partizan Stadium yesterday.
|Belgrade, Serbia – Jamaica’s Asafa Powell wins the men’s 100 metres at the AthleticsBet meet here yesterday in 9.97 seconds. (Photo: AP)|
Powell was extremely relaxed and after the race saluted the record 20,000 spectators who turned up to see the Commonwealth champion become the first athlete this season to run under 10sec.
“I was under pressure because it was my first race of the season,” admitted Powell.
“However, I am happy with my performance. The weather was superb and it was an extremely well-organised event.
“To date my season has been disturbed… but I am feeling very relaxed and hungry for more competition.”
Running with a tail wind (+0.5 m/s), Powell finished ahead of the Netherlands Antilles’ Churandy Martina (10.11) and training partner and 2005 World Championships silver medallist Michael Frater (10.19). Jamaica’s Mario Forsythe finished in sixth position in a time of 10.43 seconds.
The athlete, who twice last year equalled his world record (9.77), had said in Monday’s pre-race press conference he hoped to clock under 10 seconds at this meet.
“I’m looking to go under 10 (seconds) here, but I don’t know how fast if it’s under 9.9secs or under 10secs, but I would love to run under 10,” Powell had told reporters.
It was his first 100m race of the season after being sidelined for several weeks with tendonitis in the knee.
The knee injury forced the 2006 Commonwealth Games champion to pull out of three meets earlier this season – Mt Sac Relays (April 15), Penn Relays (April 28), and the Jamaica International Invitational (May 5).
Nolle Graham, who was last year reinstated by the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association after switching to represent the United States four years prior, leapt to a meet record and career best 6.65 metres to win the women’s long jump.
The previous meet record (6.46) was held by another Jamaican, Elva Goulbourne, set at last year’s first staging of the Belgrade International.
Meanwhile, 2006’s fastest woman over the distance, Sherone Simpson, pulled out of the women’s 100m race after feeling muscle pain in warm-up prior to the start of the race.
The event was won by Bulgaria’s Iveta Lalova (11.26). Jamaica’s Shericka Williams was third (11.34) behind the USA’s Mikele Barber (11.27), while Graham was fifth in 11.41.
National shot put record holder Dorian Scott threw 20.07 metres for third, while winner Maris Urtans of Latvia threw a meet record 20.14m.
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