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Asafa Powell breaks own world record in Rieti

9 September 2007

Asafa Powell breaks own world record in Rieti Asafa Powell breaks own world record in Rieti
Video. 9.74 sec - Asafa Powell. September 9, 2007. Rieti, Italia.

Asafa Powell bettered his own world record in the 100 meters Sunday, running 9.74 seconds at the Rieti Grand Prix.

The Jamaican set the mark during one of the two heats to reach the 100 final.

Powell, who has run 9.77 three times, finished third in the 100 last month at the track and field world championships in Osaka, Japan behind rival Tyson Gay and Bahamian Derrick Atkins.

The 24-year-old Jamaican then went on to take the deciding race in 9.78. His training partner Michael Frater, who took the first heat in 10.12 in the opening stages finished second in a seasonal best of 10.03 with Norway’s Saidy Ndure Jaysuma (10.07) taking third.

“After the world championships, where i made several mistakes, I worked with my coach so that I could regain my best form. Now I’m back!” said Powell on RaiSport.

“I did what I had to do on a very fast and bouncy track. And then Italy is my second home,” he said.

In other results, Dominican Republics Felix Sanchez finished second in the men’s 400m Hurdles in 49.12. Poland’s Marek Plawgo won the race in 49.07.

The women’s race went to another Poland athlete, Ann Jesien in 54.78.

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