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Powell start million dollar hunt with two sub-10 seconds - Bislett Golden League report

2 June 2006

By Gary Smith

Powell, the 2006 Commonwealth Games champion produced another Sunday morning stroll in winning the men's 100m dash over a modest field in the Bislett.

The 23-year-old Jamaican who shares the world record of 9.77 with American Justin Gatlin, easily won the race on a chilly night with a 9.98 performance over American Shawn Crawford, the Olympic 200m champion at 10.02.

"I felt the negative wind stronger than 0.9," Powell said after the race. "It was not possible to make a top time under this conditions."

Jamaican ran was running his 17th and18th sub-10 seconds in his career and he said had he attempt to run fast in the heats he would have gone 9.80.

"In the heat it (conditions) was very good. I got 9.96 without doing anything. If I had gone for time in that heat I can guarantee that you have seen 9.80."

Asked to assess his races Powell said: "They were just good enough. I know that I am in good shape and can run very fast. I am ready for everyone, also Justin Gatlin."

American Marcus Brunson posted another good time of 10.06 to take third, while Trinidad and Tobago's Marc Burns was fourth in 10.14.

Ferguson on top again

Like she did in Ostrava earlier this week, Bahamian Debbie Ferguson top another strong field to win the women's section of the 100m.

Despite not matching her mid-week 11.14 performance, Ferguson was still able to hold off Commonwealth Games 200m champion Sherone Simpson of Jamaica and World Indoor 60m champion MeLisa Barber of USA.

The Bahamian Olympic bronze medallist over 200m clocked 11.22 to Simpson, 11.30 and Stephane Durst (11.31), Barber (11.32) and Zhanna Blcok (11.32)

Richards improves world best - Wariner gets small test

The women's 400m saw American World silver medallist Sanya Richards improving her own world-leading mark to win the that event in a time of 49.83. Richards became the first runner to break 50-seconds in Bislett since Australian former Olympic champion Cathy Freeman did it in 1996.

Richards' aim for this season is to consistently run fast times and she was happy with her winning performance.

"The race went very well. I executed my work in a nice way and I’m pleased. The crowd at Bislett is nice."

Jamaicans Sherika Williams (50.93) and Novlene Williams (51.15) followed the Jamaican-born sprinter. Sherika's time was a personal best for her.

In the men's race World and Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner had to kicked in another gear to catch Bahamian Chris Brown, who held the lead until the final 50m.

As expected, the American picked up the pace and power to the in a time of 44.31, the second fastest time in the world this year behind his own 44.12.

"It is never easy," Wariner said after his race "But this was a very good race. I am in good shape and very happy that I was able to do this good race."

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