Powell powers to men's 100m crown in absence of Bolt and Gay

13:29, June 05, 2010      

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In the absence of his two main rivals Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell of Jamaica ran under 10 seconds to win the men's 100m sprint in 9.72 seconds at the IAAF Diamond League third stop here on Friday evening.

While his winning time matched his fastest ever, it was not admissible for record purposes as the wind was measured at 2.1 meters per second, a little over the allowable limit of 2.0m/s.

Still, Powell has every reason to celebrate as he flexed his muscles and smiled for the crowd who clapped and cheered him on his lap of honour.

On a warm evening, conditions were good for the sprints. Trinidad and Tobago's Olympic silver medallist Richard Thompson kept in contention with the Jamaican to record 9.90, and Churandy Martina of the Dutch Antilles finished third in 9.92.

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