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Asafa collects Commonwealth Games award

6 January 2007

World 100m record holder Asafa Powell collected his Commonwealth Games Sports Foundation Athlete of the Year award from the foundation’s founder Al Hamilton on Friday.

Hamilton handed over the award to Powell in the presence of his girlfriend Yanique Levy and Mike Fennell, chairman of the Commonwealth Games Foundation, at the University of Technology’s (UTech), just before his training session.

“I am very happy about this,” Powell said with a smile.

“When I heard about it (award) I was very surprised, while asking myself ‘what other award is this’. And then I really came to understand about it, I really appreciated it a lot,” said the man who twice equaled the world record of 9.77 last season.

He was earlier voted IAAF Male Athlete of the Year and Track & Field News Male Athlete of the Year.

It was an extremely solid season for Jamaican World record holder Asafa Powell, the 2006 male World Athlete of the Year. In all, Powell achieved a record-setting 12 sub-10 second races during one season and now has 25 legal sub-10 clockings at the age of 24.

He did not suffer any losses during the season before he was disqualified in Yokohama Super Meet in September. He won his first 16 finals from the start of the season. Powell tied his 2005 World record of 9.77 twice, firstly in Gateshead and then in Z?rich and also recorded wins at the Commonwealth Games and World Athletics Final.

Powell also was one of the three athletes winning each of the six races of the 2006 IAAF Golden League.

Hamilton, who was accompined by his nice, Dr. Michell Hamilton, said: “I am delighted to officially present this to you Asafa”.

“Keep doing what you doing man, you are making everybody proud and it is significant that you train here in Jamaica and can leave the others in their wake,” he told Powell, who received the glassy trophy with a smile.

In addition to winning the Commonwealth Games 100m title, and clocked 12 sub-10 seconds, which is the first time a sprinter has secured more than 10 in one season, Powell has also created history by becoming the first male to end a Golden League Season unbeaten.

His times of - 9.77 (twice), 9.85 (twice), 9.86 (twice), 9.89, 9.91, 9.95, 9.96, 9.98 and 9.99, were the best by far in any one season.

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