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Gatlin's agent calls for a review of Powell's world record

18 May 2006

By Gary Cmith

Following the adjustment of Justin Gatlin's world record performance by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Wednesday, the American sprinter's agent Renaldo Nehemiah has called for a review of the mark set by Jamaican Asafa Powell.

Last Friday at the IAAF Super Grand Prix Meeting in Doha, Qatar, Gatlin was credited with a 100m winning time of 9.76, which improved the mark Powell set last year in Athens by one-hundredth of a second.

However, on Wednesday Tissot Timing, the company that provided the results for the meeting, informed the IAAF that the actual result was 9.766 seconds and rounded down to 9.76, which the sport governing body quick corrected it to 9.77, citing that "according to IAAF rules, the performance should have been manually rounded up to 9.77, and not the 9.76 as initially announced, which left Nehemiah, a former outstanding hurdler disturbed.

"Asafa Powell's record in Greece, it (the time) showed 9.78. It was rounded down to 9.77," he was quoted as saying in a Reuters report. "I want to ensure the same sensitivity (applied to Gatlin's run) was attributed to that record as well.

"I do not want to take anything anyway from Asafa Powell, but if everybody is starting to look at this with a magnifying glass, and rightly so because of the lowness of the times, so we want to look into that time."

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