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Powell wins 100 in Commonwealth Games tuneup

9 March 2006
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Asafa Powell won the 100 meters in 10.29 seconds on Thursday at a tuneup for the Commonwealth Games, finishing well off his world record of 9.77 seconds.

Powell, who returned to competition in January after missing six months with a groin injury, beat Trinidad's Darrel Brown by 0.05 seconds at an IAAF World Tour event. Australia's Joshua Ross was third in 10.41.

"I was quite nervous out there," Powell said. "I haven't been on the (Melbourne) track for almost a year now, so I need the confidence. But I'm the world record holder and I had to prove that I am."

In the 100, a false start was called but not until the sprinters had gone 40 meters. The delay appeared to unsettle a few contenders, but Powell was strong on the restart.

"The first start was awesome," the Jamaican said. "If I had gotten that start in Athens, I would run maybe 9.6 seconds. I'm quite happy that I got it over with. It's over and done with so I can look forward to the Commonwealth Games."

Earlier, Powell ran a strong anchor leg in the 1,600-meter relay to guide Jamaica to victory in 38.72 seconds, ahead of Australia and New Zealand.

Powell has yet to win a major international competition after finishing fifth at the Athens Olympics. He set his world record in the 100 last June in Athens, but was injured two weeks later at Jamaica's national trials and missed the world championships in August.





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