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Powell blazed to 9.84 win in Brussels

14 September 2007

Jamaican World record holder Asafa Powell didn’t break the world mark like he would have hoped, but blasts his way to meet record to win the men’s 100-metre dash at the 31st edition of the Memorial Van Damme - IAAF Golden League in Brussels, Belgium on Friday.

Powell, who recorded 9.84-seconds in a -0.3 m/s head wind to take the race well clear of the field.

Norway’s Jaysuma Saidy Ndure finished second in a distant 10.11, with 2005 world silver medallist Michael Frater taking third in 10.12.

World champion Veronica Campbell made a sprint double for the Jamaicans after she came from behind to take the women’s race in 11.11. French sprinter Christine Arron took second in 11.12.

Wallace Spearmon ran strong in the home straight to take the men’s 200m in seasonal best of 19.88. Finishing behind the American was his countryman Xavier Carter in 20.04 and Jamaican world silver medallist and world junior record holder Usain Bolt, in 20.14.

Sanya Richards kept her Golden hopes a live with a world-leading 49.29 win in the women’s 400m. Russian world and Olympic champion Yelena Isinbaeva also stayed in contention with a win in the women’s Pole Vault competition with a clearance of 4.80m.

World champion and world-leader Blanka Vla?ic of Croatia beat Olympic champion Yelena Slesarenko of Russian in the women’s High Jump. Vlasic cleared 2.03m to Slesarenko’s 2.01m.

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