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Powell equals record

19 August 2006

Asafa Powell matched his own world record last night after running 9.77secs to win the Weltklasse Golden League meeting in Zurich.

It is the third time the 23-year-old Jamaican has achieved the time, which he shares with American Justin Gatlin.

Powell first set the world record in Athens in 2005 before repeating the feat at Gateshead in June this year, a month after Gatlin had equalled the time. Gatlin had initially been given a time of 9.76secs but it was later changed to 9.77secs due to a timing error.

Tyson Gay was second behind Powell last night in a time of 9.84, while his fellow American Leonard Scott was third in 9.97.

Gatlin is facing a life ban from the sport after failing a drugs test for the second time in his career and his best time is expected to be expunged, leaving Powell the sole record holder.

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