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Powell left disappointed, as Bolt stars in Kingston

27 February 2007

By Gary Smith

Despite a bullet start on the lead-off leg of the men's 4x100m relay finals at Saturday's Gibson Relays held at the national stadium in Kingston, Jamaica, Asafa Powell was left disappointed as his team failed to complete the event.

Coming into the meet as the team to beat, the Maximising Velocity Power (MVP) Track Club suffered a mishap on the final exchange between Darrell Brown and Ainsley Waugh, which crashed their hopes of winning the title.

Powell, the World record holder in the 100m with a sparkling 9.77 seconds, set the MVP team up with a brilliant first-leg. However, Waugh failed to receive the baton from Brown and their commanding record pacing lead was to no avail as 2002 World Junior 200m champion and record holder Usain Bolt raced home unchallenged.

In fact, Bolt who anchored for the IAAF HPTC squad helped lower MVP's qualifying meet record mark of 38.97 to 38.70, which left Powell a bit disappointed.

"(I am) very, very disappointed because as you can see we were way ahead and it seems as if we were going for a record, but unfortunately the baton fell," Powell told reporters after the race.

"There wasn't really any challenge because we were way ahead and we had Ainsley on the anchor leg, so we would not have had anything to worry about if he had gotten the baton.”

Meanwhile, despite being happy with the victory Bolt said he too was little baffled at not being able to get a challenge.

"I am really sorry that they dropped the baton because I was hoping for a good test ... I knew I could do well in a 4x100m," Bolt said.

Powell and Bolt was also involved in the men's 4x400m relay with the latter, again coming out on top. Bolt ran another well adjudged race to lead his HPTC team to a commanding 3:06.82 win over the MVP squad which had Powell on anchor.

Another high-profile Jamaican athlete, Sherone Simpson, the Commonwealth Games 200m champion was also in action at the meet. Running for the MVP team Simpson and hurdler Brigitte Foster-Hylton guided their side to the 4x100m title (43.28) and the 4x400m (3:30.78) crown.

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