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Powell`s latest world record time ratified

5 October 2006

By Gary Smith

Jamaican sprint ace Asafa Powell has had his 100-metres World record time of 9.77 seconds, achieved at the Weltklasse IAAF Golden League meeting in Zurich, Switzerland ratified by the sport’s governing body, the IAAF International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

It was the third time in his career that Powell had achieved the record, a mark he shares with American World and Olympic champion Justin Gatlin, who is currently being investigated for using a banned substance.

Powell, who won his first global title this year at the Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne, Australia in March, totally dominated the 100m this season and showed his supremacy by equalling the world record he ran in Athens, Greece a year ago twice. He first equalled the time at the Norwich Union British Grand Prix at the Gateshead International Stadium on June 11 before doing it again in Zurich.

Of the two performances though, the ease at which he equalled the world record in Gateshead still stands out as one of his best races of season. Asked how he managed to deliver such a sizzling time with such little effort, the Jamaican said: "That’s the way I run," before his familiar friendly smile.

The two dominant performances helped Powell to win back-to-back awards for the IAAF's top performances for the months of June and August.

Apart from winning the Commonwealth Games title and equalling the world mark twice, the Jamaican also won a share of the IAAF Golden League Jackpot by winning all six of his 100m starts in the series. Among the highlights of his season was a blinding run at the 10th Memorial Van Damme IAAF Golden League meeting where he had to come back from behind to run another sub-10 seconds time.

Reacting late to a fast gun, the usually mild mannered sprinter showed anger at the officials at the meeting for what he thought might have cost him a shot at breaking the world record. In his frustration Powell also flicked the winner's bouquet from a flower girl's hand shortly after winning the race in 9.99secs.

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