Asafa Powell runs fastest time in three years for second place in Germany

By July 24, 2019

Former 100-metre world record holder Asafa Powell inched closer to his 98th sub-10 clocking while competing at the 2019 Bayer Classic in Leverkusen, Germany on Wednesday.

The 36-year-old Powell, who has ambitions of becoming the first man to run 100 wind-legal times under 10 seconds, clocked 10.02s while finishing second to Arthur Cisse, who won in 9.93s.

Ojie Edoburun of Germany was third in 10.08s.

The 10.02 was Powell’s fastest time since he last broke the 10-second barrier in Hungary in 2016. Back then, Powell clocked 9.92 seconds.

Powell first broke the 100m world record when he ran 9.77s in Athens in June 2005, breaking the previous record of 9.78 held by American Tim Montgomery. He broke his own record again in September 2007 in Rieti, Italy.

It would be the last time he held the world record as Usain Bolt lowered the mark to 9.72 in May 2008, and then again in Beijing, China, 9.69s in August that year.

Powell would eventually run his personal best of 9.72 in Lausanne in September 2008.

Bolt subsequently lowered the world record to 9.58 in Berlin in August 2009.

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

Related items

  • Work on unsuitable throwing ring at Kingston's national stadium could begin this week Work on unsuitable throwing ring at Kingston's national stadium could begin this week

    If all goes according to plan, construction of a new throwing ring at the national stadium in Kingston should begin later this week.

  • Yulimar Rojas' 15.43m shatters triple jump world record in Madrid Yulimar Rojas' 15.43m shatters triple jump world record in Madrid

    Venezuela's Yulimar Rojas smashed the world indoor triple jump record at the Meeting Villa de Madrid, the final World Athletics Indoor Tour meeting of the season, on Friday.

    Rojas set a mark of 15.43m eclipsing the mark of 15.36m set by Russia's Tatyana Lebedova in Budapest in 2004.

    The two-time world champion opened with a foul but then registered a valid 14.65m in round two to take the lead.

    She fouled again in round three before sailing out to 15.29m in round four, breaking her own South American indoor record and moving to second on the world indoor all-time list.

    Then on her final jump before a packed Polideportivo Gallur, Rojas achieved her world record mark, adding seven centimetres to the world indoor record that had stood since 2004.

    It was also two centimetres farther than her outdoor PB and is the absolute second-best triple jump performance, indoors or outdoors.

  • Jamaica International Invitational to return in 2020 as Continental World Series silver meet Jamaica International Invitational to return in 2020 as Continental World Series silver meet

    After an absence of a year, the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) will return to the track and field calendar in 2020 as a part of the World Athletics Continental Series.

     However, the meet will carry a silver designation in the World Athletics Continental World Series launched earlier year.

    The Continental World Series will replace the World Challenge events as the second tier of competition under the Diamond League, and the four events that have been controversially cut, either partially or completely, from the latter competition for next season will have senior status within the new format.

    The four events - triple jump, discus, 200 metres and 3,000m steeplechase - will be part of the core events in the top, or Gold level of the Tour, which will also have Silver and Bronze levels.

    The JII meet was first held in 2004 and for eight years was a World Challenge meet, one tier down from the prestigious Diamond League designation. However, in 2019, due largely to financial constraints, the meet was cancelled.

    “It is with regret that we inform you that due to budget issues the 2019 staging of the Jamaica International Invitational IAAF World Challenge Meeting has been cancelled,” a statement on the meeting’s website said.

    However, Dr Warren Blake, President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) said then that he was confident the meet would return in 20020. On Friday, he confirmed that the meet would be back.

    According to the JII website, the meet is set for May 2, 2020.

     “There will be a meet this year,” said Dr Blake who added that Athletes’ Liaison Donald Quarrie has been assembling a quality field of athletes to participate at the meet.

    However, the meet will be taken down a peg, as it will only have a silver designation among the meets that fall under the umbrella of the Continental World Series.

    Dr Blake explained that following the debacle that led to the cancellation of the meet in 2019, earlier this year, World Athletics had sought assurances that there would not be a repeat of what occurred in 2019. They demanded a written guarantee that funding would be in place for this year’s meet.

    However, the local organisers missed the deadline by a few days, which resulted in the meet missing the gold-level designation now enjoyed by the Racers Grand Prix set to run off in June.

    Dr Blake said World Athletics will be reviewing the Continental Series at the end of the season and they are hopeful that the JII will obtain a gold designation going forward.

    A press conference to announce details pertaining to the 2020 Jamaica International Invitational is set to be held sometime in March.

     

     

     

     

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.