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Jamaica's Powell claims 11th consecutive sprint title at London

29 July 2006

Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell extended his title-taking streak to 11 races this year after clocking 9.91 seconds to win the men's 100 meter at the IAAF Super Grand Prix in London on Friday.

Powell, who holds the world mark of 9.77 seconds jointly with American Justin Gatlin, speeded up half way of the race to record his ninth sub-10 second time of 2006.

"It's great to run under 10 seconds again. I didn't feel in the mood for the record because the wind kept changing," said the 23-year-old Powell, who set the world record in Athens in 2005 and equalled it again last month in Gateshead, England.

American world indoors 60 meters champion Leonard Scott finished second in 10.01.

Tyson Gay of the United States beat compatriot Xavier Carter towin the men's 200 meters in 19.84, while Jamaican Sherone Simpson got the better of former triple Olympic champion Marion Jones, taking the women's 100 title with 11.00 seconds.

Ethiopia's world record holder Kenenisa Bekele was beaten over 5,000 meters by American Bernard Lagat, who produced a late surge for victory in 12:59.22.

Russia's Olympic and world champion Yelena Isinbayeva found her form to win the pole vault with her season's best height of 4.91 meters, while Sweden's Kajsa Bergqvist got a year's best 2.05 to take the high jump trophy.

Olympic and world champion Jeremy Wariner won the 400 meters in 43.99, and his fellow American Sanya Richards clocked a world leading 49.05 in the women's 400.

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