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Powell takes gold at Super Grand Prix

26 July 2006

By Ted Berg

Asafa Powell, the Jamaican co-world record holder in the 100m, was unable to break his tie with Justin Gatlin and establish a new record all his own. Nonetheless, the Jamaican took gold and set a new stadium record at the IAAF Super Grand Prix in Stockholm, Sweden. Powell finished in 9.86 seconds, just .09 seconds off his record mark and well ahead of the rest of the field. His finish was one-hundredth of a second faster than Maurice Greene's previous track record, set in 1999, and earned him a 1-carat diamond worth about $10,000.

Powell held off competition from several Americans, including Tyson Gay (9.97), Marcus Brunson (10.09) and Shawn Crawford (10.14), who finished second, third, and fourth, respectively. Another American, Xavier Carter, who ran the second fastest 200m race in history just two weeks ago in Lausanne, finished a disappointing sixth in the shorter race with a time of 10.27 seconds.

Texas native and recent Baylor graduate Jeremy Wariner also established a new stadium record by finishing the 400m in 44.02 seconds. Wariner eased up near the finish line, but was still fast enough to shatter the old track mark of 44.57 owned by Alvin Harrison since 2002. The budding star, who hopes to challenge the 43.18 second world record held by his agent, Michael Johnson, also took home a diamond for his efforts.

Other American victories were turned in by Wallace Spearmon in the 200m, Aries Merritt in the 110m hurdles and Michelle Perry in the women's 100m hurdles.

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