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Asafa Powell equals men's 100 meters world record at British Grand Prix

11 June 2006

Asafa Powell (Image of Sport) Asafa Powell (Image of Sport)
Asafa Powell ran 9.77 seconds at the Norwich Union British Grand Prix to equal the 100-metre world record he holds with Justin Gatlin.

Powell had some words for rival Gatlin after the race: "That's how you run a world record."

"I told everyone I can run as fast as I want to when I want to. I said I would do my best here and I didn't let them down."

"I ran 9.77 last year and I have proved I can do it again. It shows I am back to where I started last year and I am going to finish the season at the top," Powell said.

"I don't know what (the record) is going to be, but it's going to be a lot faster than that," Powell added. "This year I'm feeling a lot stronger, and that means I'm faster, so there's no doubting it."

Powell earned a $50,000 bonus for his run in front of a crowd of 8,500.

Dwain Chambers showed he was back to form after a two-year drugs ban to take third in an impressive time of 10.07, behind Jamaican Michael Frater.

"The past has gone now and I can look forward to the future," said Chambers.

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