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World record run was not planned, says Powell

8 January 2008

Jamaican world record holder Asafa Powell has insisted that his record run at the IAAF World Athletics Tour Rieti Grand Prix meeting in Rieti, Italy last September was not an occasion that was planned by the coaching staff nor himself.

After making some critical mistakes at the World Championships in Osaka, Japan which cost him the gold medal in the 100-metres, Powell said he traveled to Rieti to correct those mistakes after a few days of practice sessions and not actually peruse a world record.

However, the Jamaican speedster blasted his way to a time of 9.74 seconds (+1.7 m/s wind) in the easiest of fashion in the preliminary rounds of the dash.

“I was not expecting to run a world record (in Rieti),” Powell told the RunBlogrun website in an interview, while he was acting as the official starter at the Avia OC Marathon, at the weekend.

“We were there to make a couple of corrections with my coach. We did some practice sessions. I went out and tried it and I was very surprised!

After running his first world mark of 9.77 in Athens in 2005, which improved the previous mark set by American Maurice Greene of 9.79, (this after Tim Montgomery’s mark of 9.78 was taken away for doping) Powell said it feels good to finally put a distant on the mark.

“[It’s a] Great feeling. It has been awhile for me so I am kind of getting use to it.

“I am really loving it, you get a lot more popularity and you get a lot more respect.

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