Asafa Powell
Jamaican sprinter
Asafa Powell
Asafa Powell CD is a Jamaican sprinter who specialises in the 100 metres. He held the 100 m world record between June 2005 and May 2008, with times of 9.77 and 9.74 seconds respectively. Powell has consistently broken the 10-second barrier in competition, with his personal best of 9.72 s being the fourth fastest time in the history of the event. As of July 2011, Powell has broken the ten-second barrier legally more times than anyone else – 80 times in total.
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Bolt in hurry to bring T20 success to track
Yahoo News - 17 days
The athletics world is hoping to cash in on the success of cricket's high-octane Twenty20 format with a new team event spearheaded by Usain Bolt which starts Saturday in Australia. The inaugural Nitro Athletics in Melbourne, which will also be held on February 9 and 11, features non-traditional events such as middle-distance and hurdles relays. Bolt will be supported by US Olympic hurdle champion Kerron Clement and sprinter Asafa Powell to try to draw in the crowds.
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Guinness World Records: Real Heroes
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
This is a transcript of a talk I gave in Spanish on the Guinness World Records book at TEDx ROSARIO to an audience of around 5,000 people in Rosario, Argentina on October 18, 2014. The video can be viewed at the end of the text. In 2008 the athletic community around the world had come to the conclusion that the men's 100-meter record would never be broken. Or, if it would, it would only be by a few hundredths of a second. The physical demands needed to surpass the 9.74 seconds imposed by Asafa Powell in 2006 were simply too much. They compared it to the fastest baseball pitch at the time which was a 100.9-miles-per-hour fast ball thrown by Lynn Nolan Ryan of the California Angels in 1974. The body simply will not give any more they concluded. On to the world stage appeared Usain Bolt and the relatively unknown Jamaican rewrote the history books not once but three times finally establishing the record at 9.58 seconds. The reason offered for this astonishing feat of human excell ...
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Asafa Powell tells panel he 'forgot' supplement names
Calgary Sun - about 3 years
Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell, who tested positive for a banned substance last year, told a disciplinary panel Tuesday he did not list the supplements he was taking because he could not remember their names.
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Jamaica sprinter Powell facing disciplinary panel
Yahoo News - about 3 years
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Former 100-meter world record holder Asafa Powell told a Jamaican disciplinary panel on Tuesday that he didn't tell a doping control officer about most of the supplements he was taking because the products were new to him and he couldn't recall their names.
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Asafa Powell, Sherone Simpson have doping hearing set for January
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
Former world 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell and Olympic 4x100 relay silver medallist Sherone Simpson will appear before a disciplinary panel in January.
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Positive Drug Tests Confirmed for Jamaican Athletes
NYTimes - over 3 years
The backup doping tests have come back positive for the former 100-meter world-record holder Asafa Powell, his teammate Sherone Simpson and three other Jamaican athletes.
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Agency: B samples positive for Powell, Simpson
Yahoo News - over 3 years
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Anti-doping authorities in Jamaica say backup doping tests have come back positive for former 100-meter world record-holder Asafa Powell, teammate Sherone Simpson and three other island athletes.
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Italian authorities await Powell, Simpson responses before going forward with doping inquiry
Yahoo News - over 3 years
ROME - The criminal doping investigation into former 100-meter world record-holder Asafa Powell, Jamaica teammate Sherone Simpson and their trainer has been delayed by bureaucratic problems but will go ahead.
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WATCH: Bolt Regains 100 Gold
Huffington Post - over 3 years
MOSCOW -- His legs were hurting, the rain was pouring and he was trailing late in the race. Doesn't matter. This is Usain Bolt. And nothing gets in the way of him and first place, especially when he's driven as he was Sunday night in the 100-meter final at the world championships. Bolt blew by Justin Gatlin with about 30 meters to go and never glanced back. He also didn't even crack a smile when he crossed the finish line because this took a lot more work than the world's fastest sprinter usually needs. Gatlin was second and Bolt's Jamaican teammate Nesta Carter took third. Of all Bolt's titles, this one will have a special meaning, considering he false-started two years ago in the final to lose his crown. Now, it's his again. "It's always great to get back your title," said Bolt, who won in 9.77 seconds. "I'm happy with myself I got it done." Like Bolt, Brittney Reese and Ashton Eaton were just as dominant. Reese won her third straight long jump ...
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Usain Bolt: 'I've got to run real fast in Moscow to settle any doubts'
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
Jamaica's six-time Olympic gold winner insists he is clean and says he is keen to restore confidence in athletics with 'something special' at world championships Usain Bolt sits bang in the middle of a sprawling hotel room on a lazy Sunday afternoon. After he stretches out his hand, smiles and says a soft hello, the world's fastest man becomes a long-legged study in stillness and calm. He barely twitches a muscle while everyone else walks and chatters busily around him. Bolt has settled himself in the centre of a plush sofa as he waits for my questions. His eyes are hidden by dark glasses and he seems very serious, with so little time left before this week's world championships in Moscow. Ten days ago, in London, Bolt transfixed a raucous crowd at the Anniversary Games when he won the 100m with typical ease, despite a "horrifying" start. His status as the world's most famous and cherished sportsman remains strong. The track, however, is a much darker place now. Last month two of Bo ...
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Report: U.S Sprinting Star Failed Multiple Drug Tests
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Sprinter Tyson Gay failed more than one drug test this year, recording one of his positives at the U.S. championships in June, where he won the 100 and 200 meters, The Associated Press learned Friday. Earlier this month, Gay revealed he tested positive in an out-of-competition test he took May 16. Three people familiar with the case told the AP that Gay had multiple positives this year. One of those people said one positive came at nationals and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has notified him of that result. The people did not want their names used because the doping case against Gay is ongoing and the details have not been made public. Gay's representatives did not immediately respond to attempts by the AP to reach them. The sprinter has already surrendered his spot at next month's world championships. If a positive test from nationals is confirmed by his "B" sample, those results would be vacated, though it's likely they would be anyway because of his May ...
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Powell says will not retire, hopes to clear name
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
Former world 100 meters record holder Asafa Powell has no plans to retire despite a positive finding for a banned stimulant and hopes that tests of his B sample will clear his name, the Jamaican sprinter said on Tuesday.
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David Macaray: Drugs, Sports, Loss of Innocence
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
What do Marion Jones (American Olympic track and field champion and disgraced drug-user) and Lance Armstrong (a once seven-time Tour de France winner and disgraced drug user) have in common? Neither of them ever failed a drug test. As a life-long track fan (and former high school and college distance runner), I can vividly recall seeing Marion Jones perched in front of a microphone, defiantly lashing out at the media for even hinting that she was dirty. Looking back on it, her martyred performance that day was worthy of an Oscar. She wearily noted the countless times she had been tested and retested, and how every single test had come up negative. Enough is enough, she pleaded. What do I have to do to prove my innocence? I sympathized with this woman. I believed her. I defended her. Then I saw the subsequent press conference where she broke down and cried, contritely admitting that she'd been as doped-up as a racehorse. She was forced to return all her Olympic ...
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Doping in sport: Athlete’s dilemma
The Economist - over 3 years
TWO sprinters may have got caught doing it this week. And a cyclist didn’t do it, but it is so common in his sport that what he did do without doing it is even more astonishing. “It” is taking performance-enhancing drugs. The sprinters were Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell, who both failed drug tests (though both deny wrongdoing). The cyclist was Chris Froome, who without pharmaceutical assistance managed a stunning ascent of Mont Ventoux during the Tour de France.Professional sport is rife with drug-taking. Getting caught will get you banned, frequently for life. Yet people carry on doing it regardless. Why?Appropriately, the answer may lie in a branch of mathematics called game theory. This deals with conflicts of interest between parties who know each other’s preferences but not their actual intentions or decisions. It then deduces the best course of action for any rational player.Existing game-theory analyses of doping look at things either from just the competitors’ points of view, o ...
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Trainer Denies Giving Banned Drugs to Sprinters
NYTimes - over 3 years
The trainer Christopher Xuereb said Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson, who recently tested positive for banned substances, were using him as a scapegoat.
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Doping-Coach defends Jamaican sprinters Powell, Simpson
Yahoo News - over 3 years
LIGNANO SABBIADORO, Italy (Reuters) - The coach of Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson said on Tuesday they were not to blame after the Olympic medalists failed dope tests. "It came as a big surprise, I think, to them," Stephen Francis told Reuters outside the Fra i Pini hotel which has long hosted training camps for Jamaican athletes and is adorned with the island's national flag and memorabilia. "Asafa has been somebody who doesn't use that kind of stuff. ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Asafa Powell
  • 2016
    Age 33
    As of 1 September 2016, Powell has broken the ten-second barrier more times than anyone else – 97 times.
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    On 19 August 2016, Powell made a triumphant return to the Olympics, competing as part of the Jamaican 4 x 100 men's relay team, and winning his second gold medal.
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  • 2015
    Age 32
    Both Powell and Simpson reached an out of court settlement for an undisclosed amount in September of 2015.
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  • 2014
    Age 31
    In April 2014, the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission announced that he would be suspended for 18 months over doping charges, expiring in December that year.
    More Details Hide Details However, after appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the suspension was reduced to 6 months. Born in Spanish Town, Jamaica, Asafa Powell is the youngest of six sons of two ministers. They moved back to Jamaica when Asafa was only a few years old. He attended Ewarton Primary School and Charlemont High School, both in St. Catherine, Jamaica. Powell planned to be a mechanic before he took up running while studying in Kingston, Jamaica.
  • 2013
    Age 30
    Powell voluntarily withdrew from the 2013 World Athletics Championships as a result of the test.
    More Details Hide Details On 10 April 2014, both athletes received an 18-month suspension from competing, which was set to expire in December that year. However, after appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), both athletes' suspensions were lifted on 14 July 2014. 60 metres 100 metres 200 metres 4×100 metres relay Sub-10. runs (100 m) Sub-9.90 runs (100 m) Sub-9.80 runs (100 m) Sub-10. runs, Season (100 m)
    On 14 July 2013, Powell informed that he had tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrine, along with Sherone Simpson.
    More Details Hide Details Powell, however, maintained that he did not take any banned supplements knowingly or willfully.
    Powell had tested positive for the drug oxilofrine in 2013 and withdrew from the 2013 World Athletics Championships as a result.
    More Details Hide Details Powell and fellow Jamaican Sprinter, Sherone Simpson had taken the supplement Ephiphany D1 as part of their training regimen, not knowing it contained oxilofrine. It was later revealed that Acacia was substituted with oxilofrine, and not revealed by the manufacturer. The duo sued the company that sold the settlement, Dynamic Life Nutrition (DLN), in order to clear their names.
  • 2012
    Age 29
    On 5 August 2012, Asafa Powell ran in the final of the 100 m race at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom.
    More Details Hide Details After back-to-back 5th-place finishes in 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing, Powell had his most disastrous final yet finishing in dead last with a time of 11.99 seconds, pulling up after seeing others in front of him, ultimately due to a niggling groin injury. Powell said: "It was my old groin injury that reoccurred. I felt it and it started to go. You never want to get injured, but it is a bit of a disaster when it happens in the Olympic final." Usain Bolt took the gold, with Yohan Blake getting the silver and Justin Gatlin the bronze. As a result, Powell along with longtime rival Tyson Gay who finished 4th, remain as two of the three fastest men of all time to never have won any individual Olympic medals of any type After the race, Jamaica's track and field manager Ludlow Watts lavished praise on Powell: Powell actually started this great change in our sprinting, and he's still a champion.
    On the 2012 IAAF Diamond League circuit, he was narrowly beaten by Justin Gatlin in Doha (runner-up in 9.88 seconds), then won the 100 m at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix a week later.
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    Powell expressed great disappoinment but vowed to come back strong for the London Olympics in 2012, but still hoped to run the 4x100 m relay in Daegu.
    More Details Hide Details However, he was unfit to run the relay and had to watch his compatriots win gold in a world record time of 37.04 s. Powell competed in the 100 m at the Diamond League Final in Zurich on 9 September. He looked very impressive in the first 60 m, but faded to second place as newly crowned world champion, Yohan Blake, took victory in 9.82 s. Powell registered a 9.95 s run, which was impressive given the fact that his injury was still present. By completing the race, the sprinter took the Samsung Diamond Trophy with $40,000 in cash. Powell ended his season with another injury, almost a repeat of year 2010, where he showed excellent form in the first half of the year, but unfortunately suffered injuries. 2012 In a ceremony held on 24 February, Powell received the University of Technology (UTech) Chancellor's Medal as well as Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Award International Ambassador role. He ran a personal best for the 60 metres at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix, setting a time of 6.50 seconds.
  • 2011
    Age 28
    In the second meeting of the 2011 IAAF Diamond League at Shanghai Golden Grand Prix, Powell won the 100m with a time of 9.95 seconds.
    More Details Hide Details Powell next ran at the IAAF Diamond League in Rome against Usain Bolt on 26 May. Powell had a superb start and mid but he faded towards the end, only to allow the world record holder to surpass him in the final 10–12 m of the race. Bolt won in 9.91 s and Powell came second in 9.93s. He said that he had lost focus, but is confident about beating Usain after what he had done that day. Powell next competed in the IAAF World Challenge in Rabat, Morocco, in a low key meet. There, after running the first 20m, he pulled up and finished last in 36.13 s, citing a precaution against a serious hamstring injury. Reports said that it was nothing serious and he would be ready for the Jamaican Trials later in the month. At the Jamaican Trials 23–24 July, Powell looked impressive as he qualified through the rounds. He posted a season best of 9.90s in his semi-final, despite easing off in the final 15m. Later, after overcoming a bad start, Powell won the final to be titled National Champion for the fifth time in his career. He won in a time of 10.08 s into a 1.8 m/s headwind. Yohan Blake and Steve Mullings were second and third respectively with .01 s separating them.
    Powell ran his next race was the 4x100 m relay USA vs The World at the Penn Relays 2011, on 28 April.
    More Details Hide Details He ran the unusual first leg for Jamaica as he blasted off like a bullet to give Jamaica the lead. Jamaica won the event in a world leading time of 38.33 s, ahead of USA Red and USA Blue teams respectively. He stated after the run that he was in good shape and was looking forward to do great things in the year ahead. Powell next ran the 200 m at the Jamaica International Invitational Meet on 7 May. He looked promising in the first 120 m, after which he slowed down drastically, finishing in last place with a time of 21.40 s, in a race won by Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade. He later stated that he felt a minor pain in his hamstring and he backed off as a precaution, but insisted that it was nothing serious.
    Asafa opened his 2011 season on 16 April at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.
    More Details Hide Details He ran the 200 m where he came in third after what looked to be a good first 140 m, slowing down significantly at the last quarter of the race. His time was 20.55 s for the race behind Yohan Blake and Daniel Bailey.
  • 2010
    Age 27
    Powell ended his splendid 2010 season on a disappointing note although he expressed satisfaction on the races that he competed for the year.
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    He then ran the 200 m at the UTech Classic on 17 April 2010, also in his homeland.
    More Details Hide Details He competed in the 200 m in heavy rain and cold conditions. Powell opened up a huge lead in the first 100 m after which he slowed drastically and won his heat in 21.27 s in a 1 m/s headwind. Later it was reported that Powell had suffered minor cramps on his left calf muscles, which was why he had to slow down. Powell was next scheduled to run in the highly anticipated 4x100 m Penn Relays featuring Jamaica Yellow, and competing against Usain Bolt (Jamaica Black). But he pulled out of the race as it was reported by his assistant coach that he had an injured toe which would need some time to heal. At the IAAF Diamond League in Doha, Powell made a wind aided time of 9.75 s in the heat and 9.81 s in the final,also wind-aided. He subsequently set a 100 m world leading time of 9.83 s. En route to this performance, he also set the rarely run 100 yards dash world best at 9.07 s, beating the previous record of 9.21 set by Charlie Greene.
    Asafa Powell opened his 2010 season on 20 February at the UWI Invitational Meet in Jamaica, by competing in the 400 m.
    More Details Hide Details He won his heat in a time of 47.56 s, but he was placed 3rd overall according to his time.
  • 2009
    Age 26
    At the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, Powell took bronze in the finals of the 100 m meet with a time of 9.84 seconds, while compatriot Bolt broke his own world record by running 9.58 seconds.
    More Details Hide Details Eight days later, on 22 August, Powell helped Jamaica claim gold in the 4 × 100 m relay by running the anchor leg. The time of 37.31 seconds set was a new Championship Record for the event. 2010
    On 27 June he qualified for the 100 m at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics with a second-place finish in 9.97 s at the Jamaican national championships.
    More Details Hide Details At the Bislett Games on 3 July Powell overcame a poor start to win the 100 m in a 10.07 s photo finish. Four days later he recorded the same time in winning the Athletissima 100 m. Although he improved his season's best to 9.88 he finished second to Tyson Gay at the Golden Gala Roma on 10 July. Powell next ran the 100 m at the International Meeting of Athletics' Sports Solidarity, a charity event that encourages the participation of disabled athletes, finishing third.
    At the 2009 World Championships he won 100 m bronze and a relay gold.
    More Details Hide Details Powell has won five times at the IAAF World Athletics Final and was formerly the 100 m world record holder for the event.
  • 2008
    Age 25
    On 2 September 2008, Powell ran a new personal best in the 100 m by recording a time of 9.72 s, with windspeed measured at +0.2 m/s.
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    Prior to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Powell hit back at the claims saying he lacked the mental strength needed to win an Olympic gold medal.
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    On 11 July, Powell suffered his third injury of 2008 while leading in Heat 1 of the Golden Gala Roma, eventually finishing fifth.
    More Details Hide Details He had injured his groin (described as a "strain" and a "cramp"), and was forced to miss the next two events on the Grand Prix schedule. Powell made his comeback at the DN Galan meet, where he beat the new World Record holder Bolt, in a close race. The meet's top performers were a Jamaican 1–2–3–4 with Nesta Carter and Michael Frater following the pair. This top four would later combine to run the 4×100 m relay at the Olympics.
    On 16 April Powell was nominated for the Laureus World Team of the Year award, as a member of the 2008 Jamaica Olympic Sprint Team.
    More Details Hide Details Powell then found himself involved in controversy when he was a last-minute "no show" at the UTech Track and Field Classic on 18 April. It had previously been announced that Powell would run the 200 m and 4 × 100 m relay races. Powell attended the meet as a spectator. A press conference called three days later by the MVP Track Club did not fully answer questions as to why Powell did not compete. The matter was reported to the Jamaica Fair Trading Commission who announced on 23 April that they started investigations. Powell was next to run at the Penn Relays on 25 April but on the morning of the event the Jamaica Observer reported that he had withdrawn from the 4 × 100 m relay. His manager Paul Doyle stated that Powell would not run due to concerns with his ankle while running the curve on the Franklin Field track. The Jamaica Observer cited a "highly placed source" when reporting that Powell had turned his ankle in training at Utech. Despite the report, Powell ran the anchor leg of the relay but aggravated the ankle injury, pulled up and finished ninth in 41.24
    In addition, 2008 was Powell's second-best season on the Grand Prix circuit, claiming seven victories, plus his third consecutive win (and fourth overall) in the 100 m at the World Athletics Final.
    More Details Hide Details On his return to Jamaica, Powell was honoured in a homecoming celebration and received an Order of Distinction (Commander Rank) in recognition of his achievements at the Olympics. For the second consecutive year Powell ranked second in the world. 2009 Powell opened his season on 31 January at the Grace Jackson Invitational, held at Stadium East, Kingston, Jamaica. He ran the 400 metres, winning his heat in 47.75 s, placing him second overall in the four heat time-final. Powell ran the anchor leg for two relay teams at the Milo Western Relays held at the GC Foster College on 14 February. In his first race, his MVP team recorded a new meet record and world leading time of 38.72 s for the 4×100 m relay. Later he was timed at 46.27 for his leg of the 4×400 metres relay, again winning the race for his MVP team.
    Powell's 2008 season started much as his 2007 season ended: with another injury.
    More Details Hide Details Powell was forced to pull out of the Sydney Grand Prix meeting, having suffered a gash to his left knee that required four stitches. The injury was a result of tripping on the steps of his home, hours before getting on the flight to Sydney on 12 February. Powell was again injured in April, this time with damage to his pectoral muscles. The injury forced Powell out of competition for two months, and was sustained while weight training in Jamaica during mid-April. Surgery was required, and a visible scar was left on his right underarm. On 31 May, fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt ran a time of 9.72 s at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York City, breaking Powell's three-year dominance of the 100 m world record.
    On 29 January 2008, Powell received the RJR Sports Foundation's 2007 Sportsman of the Year award.
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  • 2007
    Age 24
    His split time was recorded at 8.70 s (USATF High Performance Registered Split Analysis), bettering his previous record of 8.84 s set in Osaka, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details This is the fastest electronically timed anchor run in history, as Bob Hayes was hand timed as running between 8.6–8.9 seconds in the 1964 Olympics.
    Powell finished 2007 with a total of five IAAF Grand Prix event wins, plus his second consecutive World Athletic Final 100 m win, with yet another championship record.
    More Details Hide Details For the third consecutive year Powell won the Caribbean And Central American (CAC) Male Athlete of the Year award. Powell closed the year receiving the IAAF Performance of the Year award, for his 9.74 s world record, and was ranked second in the world. 2008
    On 9 September 2007, in the opening heats of the IAAF Grand Prix in Rieti, Italy, Powell ran a new world record time of 9.74 s (+1.7 m/s) in the 100 m, thus fulfilling the promise he had made earlier after his bronze medal in Osaka, that he would break the record by the end of the year.
    More Details Hide Details This was intended to make up for the disappointment of not becoming World Champion. Remarkably, Powell eased up in the final few metres of his record-setting run, indicating that he was saving his strength for the final. In the final itself, Powell finished in 9.78 s (m/s windspeed) and bettered his semi-final time, when adjusted for wind assistance. Unfortunately, Powell ended his season on 30 September with a left hamstring injury, which came about while running in the lead of the 200 m race at the Super Track & Field meet in Yokohama, Japan.
    He only managed to finish third in the 100 m final at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan, behind Tyson Gay, who was considered Powell's biggest rival building up to the Championships.
    More Details Hide Details Derrick Atkins, Powell's second cousin, came second in 9.91 s. Powell himself finished in a time of 9.96 s (running in a .5 m/s headwind) after being passed by Gay and Atkins in the late stages of the race. Later he admitted that after seeing Gay pass him, he panicked and gave up, allowing Atkins to also overtake. Former American sprinter Michael Johnson was critical of Powell's performance, stating: However Powell did help to win the silver medal in the 4 × 100 m relay race. Running the anchor leg for the Jamaican team, he came from fifth and passed Great Britain at the line to help record a Jamaican national record of 37.89 s. The United States meanwhile, took gold.
    On 5 January 2007, Powell received the Commonwealth Games Sports Foundation Athlete of the Year award.
    More Details Hide Details On 3 February he was honoured at the International Sports Group (ISG) Awards Banquet, held in New York. In addition, Powell was nominated for the Laureus World Sports Awards Sportsman of the Year award. Suffering from knee Tendinitis and missing weeks of training Powell missed competing at the Penn Relays and the Jamaica International Invitational in May. Powell was again the Jamaican National Champion for the 100 m. Unfortunately, Powell again injured his groin while running the final at the Jamaica Championships.
    At the 2007 Osaka World Championships he won a bronze and a silver medal in the 100 m and 4 x 100 m relay respectively and he has been successful at the Commonwealth Games, winning two gold and one silver medal.
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  • 2006
    Age 23
    He also received the honour of Track & Field Athlete of the Year for 2006.
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    On 12 November 2006, he was awarded the title of 2006 Male IAAF World Athlete of the Year along with a cheque for $100,000.
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    On 18 August 2006, in Zürich, Powell equalled it again for the second time, with wind assistance at +1. m/s.
    More Details Hide Details He won his sixth IAAF Golden League event (in the 100 m) the same season, thus earning him a total of $250,000 in prize money. Powell also won the 100 m at the World Athletics Final, again setting a new championship record on 9 September. One week later at the World Cup in Athletics the Americas team anchored by Powell recorded a DNF. In October Powell again received the Caribbean And Central American (CAC) Male Athlete of the Year award.
    Powell then equalled his world record time on 11 June 2006, at Gateshead International Stadium, with wind assistance measured at +1.5 m/s.
    More Details Hide Details The exact time was 9.7629 which was rounded up to 9.77 as per IAAF rules.
    He won the 2006 Commonwealth Games 100 metres race after a drama-filled semi-final which saw two disqualifications and three false starts.
    More Details Hide Details Powell himself ran into another competitor's lane while looking at the scoreboard, however he was held not to have impeded the runner. He also anchored the 4×100 m relay team, and finished the Commonwealth Games with two gold medals. In May he won the 100 m at the Jamaica International Invitational in 9.95. In addition to winning the 200 m at the Jamaican National Championships in June, he won ten 100 m IAAF Grand Prix events, including all six Golden League events.
    2006 was Powell's most successful season.
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  • 2005
    Age 22
    He gained some consolation for his Olympic performance by breaking the 100 m world record in Athens on 14 June 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 .01 s.
    More Details Hide Details Coincidentally, Powell achieved the feat on the same track as Maurice Greene's 1999 world record run of 9.79 s. Wind assistance for Powell was measured at 1.6 m/s, within the IAAF legal limit of 2. m/s. Powell again won the 100 m final at the Jamaican National Championships. A groin injury in July cut short his season and forced him to miss the World Championships. His season ended with just two IAAF Grand Prix event wins. Despite his shortened season, Powell had the three fastest 100 m times of the year, received the Caribbean And Central American (CAC) Male Athlete of the Year award, and ranked second in the world. 2006
  • 2004
    Age 21
    He recorded five IAAF Grand Prix wins in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details In addition, he became the first man to win both the 100 m and 200 m races at the World Athletics Final in championship record time. Powell was world ranked number one for the 100 m and number four for the 200 m at the end of the season. 2005 Powell set a new national record of 9.84 at the Jamaica International Invitational in May.
    Two weeks later Powell became one of the favourites for a medal in the 100 m at the 2004 Athens Olympics after winning the Jamaican National Championships with a personal best time of 9.91 s.
    More Details Hide Details Although he ended the season with a record-equaling nine sub-10 second runs, Powell finished just fifth in the highly competitive Olympic final, with a time of 9.94 s. Following this he pulled out of the 200 m final, even though he had already qualified eighth for it earlier on. Powell did not get the chance to run for a medal in the 4 × 100 m relay, as the Jamaican team failed to qualify for the final, with a season best 38.71 fourth-place finish in their heat. Following his Olympic disappointment Powell set a new national record of 9.87 s for the 100 m at the Memorial Van Damme in Bruxelles on 3 September.
  • 2003
    Age 20
    In 2003, Asafa lost another brother during the week of the Jamaica National Championships.
    More Details Hide Details One year after the death of Michael, Vaughn Powell suffered a heart attack while playing a game of American football. In April 2007 Corey Reid, an uncle of Powell, was stabbed in Waterloo, Ewarton, St. Catherine. He later died in hospital. Powell is known to be occasionally shy but nonetheless good natured and somewhat of a joker. He is good friends with compatriot, 100 and 200 metre world record holder Usain Bolt. The two are often seen joking around and do meet off the track. Powell is an avid car enthusiast.
    During the 2003 season, Powell won two IAAF Grand Prix events, one of which was an AF Golden League event.
    More Details Hide Details He finished seventh in 10.23 s in the 100 m at the IAAF World Athletics Final. 2004 On 12 June Powell recorded his first sub-10 100 m race time (9.99 s +1.8 m/s) while participating in the National Junior Track and Field Championships, held at the GC Foster College in Spanish Town.
    Powell came to attention within the world of athletics at the 2003 World Championships, when he suffered the ignominy of being 'the other athlete' disqualified for a false start in the quarter-final.
    More Details Hide Details This was when Jon Drummond memorably refused to leave the track having suffered the same fate, both athletes moved less than .1 s after the gun had fired, with Powell's reactions being timed at .086 s. Six days later Powell was added to the 4 × 100 m relay team for the semi-final, running as the anchor. He helped the team qualify for the final, recording the second fastest time. Powell never had a chance to run for a medal in the final as the second baton exchange was not executed cleanly and the Jamaican team failed to finish.
  • 2002
    Age 19
    At the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester Powell finished fifth in the semi-finals of the 100 m event, setting a personal best of 10.26 s.
    More Details Hide Details Powell, along with Michael Frater, Dwight Thomas and Christopher Williams formed the Jamaican 4×100 m relay team that went on to win a silver medal. Powell finished just behind Darren Campbell in the last leg of the relay, with both men finishing in 38.62 s. 2003 Powell won the Jamaican 100 m National Championship.
  • 1999
    Age 16
    His eldest brother Donovan, was a 60 m finalist in the 1999 World Indoor Championships.
    More Details Hide Details Running runs in the family: His brothers clocked 9.5 seconds for the 100 yd dash, his mother 11.4, and his father 10.2. Powell is a member of the MVP (Maximising Velocity and Power) Track & Field Club based at the University of Technology, Jamaica and has been coached by Stephen Francis since 2001. Despite Powell's size (tall, weighing), he has fast initial acceleration. Coupled with comparatively high stiffness in his ligaments and tendons, his long legs provide a long stride of 2.6 metres with rapid progression between each stride. 2000 Powell represented his school Charlemont High at the ISSA High School Championships. On 11 April he finished fourth in the Class 1 200 m, in 23.07 with a −1.7 m/s headwind. On 13 April, he finished third in his heat of the Boy's Class 1 100 m, recording 11.45 with a −2.3 m/s headwind. Neither time recorded in the heats was quick enough to advance him to the next round of competition.
  • 1982
    Born on November 23, 1982.
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