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Powell seeks new finishing strategy to improve world record

21 August 2006

Asafa Powell (Image of Sport) Asafa Powell (Image of Sport)
By Gary Smith

Still smarting from his hat-trick of world record runs, Jamaican Asafa Powell is now left wondering what he needs to do next to get to the finishing line a bit quicker than the 9.77-seconds record this season.

Powell, who first ran the world record in Athens, Greece last year, at an IAAF Super Grand Prix meeting, equalled the mark at the Norwich Union British Grand Prix in Gateshead on June 11, prior to running the time again in Zurich, and he's now thinking the old-fashioned finishing tactic.

"I guess I have to dip when I get to the finish line," said Powell after his sizzling run in the Swiss stadium on Friday.

Powell became the first man to ever run a world record three times and he said after the start he got he knew he would once again produce something special in the dash.

"I'm just feeling very good... I'm the only one who has ever run 9.77sec three times," Powell said. "I knew it was something special, I just didn't know how fast it was."

"I was very happy with the start. Leonard Scott is a very good starter and I got out ahead of him and that was very good."

Asked if he was disappointed to see the clock changed to 9.77sec from 9.76sec, Powell said there were unacceptable feelings with the final results, but stated that, had he ran the same way he did in Gateshead, he would have produced a quicker time.

"No, I didn't really care," the Commonwealth Games champion was quoted as saying with a smile on his face. "I saw 9.77 and I was really happy.

"Maybe if I would have run the way I ran in Gateshead it would have been a lot faster. I think the wind here wasn't as strong as my other two races. But I just have to wait and see what my coach has to say about it."

Powell currently shares the world record with American World and Olympic champion Justin Gatlin, who ran his time in Doha, Qatar in May. However, Gatlin has been tested positive for using banned substances and, if found guilty, could likely face a life ban and the erasure of his world record time.

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