Athletics

Asafa Powell — A Force Still To Be Reckoned With

Former world record holder Asafa Powell ran a season’s best 10.02 seconds in the men’s 100 meters  at the Bayer Classic in Germany. 

He took second place in the event behind winner Arthur Cisse who ran 9.93.

It was the fastest time Powell was running since he clocked 10.01 at the Zagreb World Challenge Meet in Croatia in September of 2016.

The 36-year-old Jamaican sprinter held the 100 meters world record between June 2005 and May 2008 with times of 9.77 and 9.74 seconds.

Powell has consistently broken the 10-second barrier in competition, with his personal best of 9.72 s ranks fourth on the all-time list of male 100-meter athletes.

As of 1 September 2016, Powell has broken the ten-second barrier more times than anyone else – 97 times.

He currently holds the world record for the 100-yard dash with a time of 9.09 s, set on 27 May 2010 in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Jenny Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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