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.

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