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Powell takes 100m dash at Penn Relays

29 April 2006

By Gary Smith

Jamaican world record holder Asafa Powell easily won the men's Olympic Development Men's 100m dash100 metres at the 112th Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field on Saturday 29 April.

Powell, the 2006 Commonwealth champion from Melbourne, Australia, clocked 10.10 second to win in front of an estimated 50,000 crowd. Finishing second to Powell was American Rodney Martin, who clocked 10.24 sec, while fellow countrymen Anthony Buchanan, 10.25, took third.

"I'm very happy," Powell said after the race. "I ran 30 meters and took it easy. I shut it down about 65 meters in."

Powell, who was cheered on by the large group of Jamaican fans in stands, said the support from the crowd always gives him that extra drive.

"They're crazy out there. It's like I was in Jamaica. I'm excited to see the people. The fans are what fuel me."

Speaking in terms of breaking the world record again the Jamaican said: "If I thought about it, I would have broken it. But the key is to have fun."

Great Britain's former world junior champion Mark Lewis-Francis, who now trains in the US at a training camp in Florida, was no match for Powell as he finished sixth in a disappointing 10.42.

Another Jamaican Yhann Plummer, raced away with section two of the event in 10.46. He defeated fellow Jamaican Clement Campbell (10.52) and Faulcon Andre (10.77).

Kelly Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago defeated American rival Marshevet Hooker in the College Women's 100m dash.

Baptiste, who had the 5th fastest time heading into the Penn Relays meeting, improved the 11.12 national record set by Fana Ashby when she tied Lauryn Williams meet record with a personal best time of 11.10 and held off a determine Hooker, who was close behind, at 11.17.

Baptiste's Louisiana State teammate Sherry Fletcher of Grenada finished fourth in 11.58sec.

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