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Asafa Powell Wins 100m - 9.87s In Awful Weather Conditions @ Gateshed 2008 [ HQ ]

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Published on Aug 31, 2008

asafa powell wins 100m in awful rain conditions at gateshed

Career

Asafa Powell planned to be a mechanic before he took up running while studying in Kingston, Jamaica.[1][2] His elder brother Donovan was a 100 m semi-finalist in the 1999 World Championships.[3]

Powell first came to the attention of the athletics world at the 2003 World Championships when he suffered the ignominy of being 'the other athlete' disqualified for a false start in the quarter-final where Jon Drummond memorably refused to leave the track having suffered the same fate (both athletes moving less than 0.1 seconds after the gun had fired).

The following season, Powell did not perform to his usual standards for the 2004 Olympic 100m in Athens, after clocking sub-10 seconds times a record-equaling nine times in a season. He placed fifth in the 100 m final, and subsequently pulled out of the 200 m final, for which he had already qualified earlier on.

The following year, he gained some consolation by breaking the 100 m world record, in Athens on June 14, 2005, setting a time of 9.77 s, beating American Tim Montgomery's 2002 record of 9.78 s (which was later annulled due to doping charges against Montgomery) by just one one-hundredth of a second. Coincidentally, Powell achieved the feat on the same track as Maurice Greene's 1999 world record of 9.79 s. Wind assistance for Powell was measured at 1.6 m/s, within the IAAF legal limit of 2.0 m/s.

Powell won the 2006 Commonwealth Games title easily after a drama-filled semi-final which saw two disqualifications, three false starts and Powell himself running into another competitor's lane while looking at the scoreboard (he was held not to have impeded the other runner).

Powell then equaled his world record time on June 11, 2006 at Gateshead International Stadium with a time of 9.77 (+1.5 m/s). August 18, 2006, Powell ran the world record time of 9.77 (+1.0 m/s) for the third time in Zürich, Switzerland. Together with Jeremy Wariner (400 m) and Sanya Richards (400 m) he won his sixth out of six IAAF Golden League events (100 m) in the same season, which earned him a total of $250,000. On November 12, 2006 he was awarded the title of 2006 Male World Athlete of the Year along with a check of $100,000.

On September 9, 2007, in the opening heats of the IAAF Rieti Grand Prix in Rieti, Italy, Powell ran a new world record time of 9.74 s (+1.7 m/s) in the 100 m, fulfilling the promise he had made earlier. He had said after his bronze medal in Osaka that he would break the record by the end of the year to make up for the disappointment of not becoming world champion.[4] Remarkably, Powell eased up in the final few meters of his record-setting race, indicating that he was saving his strength for a fast 100 m final at the same meet.[5] In the final, Powell ran 9.78 (0 m/s), bettering his semi-final time when adjusted for wind assistance.[6]

On May 31, 2008, fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt ran 9.72 seconds at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York City, taking the 100m world record from Powell after nearly three years.

Powell finished fifth in 100m final at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing with at time of 9.95 seconds, losing out on the medals yet again. His teammates Usain Bolt and Michael Frater also raced, with Bolt winning and bettering his own world record (finishing in 9.69 seconds) and Frater coming sixth, recording his first sub-10 clocking at 9.97.

Seven days later, Powell finally got an Olympic gold as he anchored the Jamaican 4x100m relay team to victory, helping establish a new World Record in the process. His Split Time was recorded at 8.70 seconds (USTAF High Performance Registered Split Analysis), bettering his previous record of 8.84 set in Osaka in 2007. This is the fastest electronically timed anchor run, as Bob Hayes was hand timed as running 8.5 seconds in the 1964 Summer Olympics.

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