Powell equals own world record

Asafa Powell equalled his 100-metre world record time of 9.77 seconds at the Weltklasse Golden League meet on Friday night.

updated: February 25, 2007 11:36 IST
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Asafa Powell needed three days to get to this meet because of all the airline disruptions in Europe. When he finally arrived, he was as fast and flawless as ever. The Jamaican equalled his 100-metre world record at the Weltklasse Golden League meet on a balmy Friday night, the third time he has run the distance in 9.77 seconds. "I knew I had something special, but I didn't know so fast," Powell said. "I'm the only one who has ever run 9.77 three times. I ran a world record three times. If I'm going to continue to run 9.77 for the rest of career it's not a bother to me." Still, he's confident he can go even faster. "One way or the other, there will come a time when I run under 9.77," he said. Powell led from start to finish and was followed by two Americans - Tyson Gay in a personal best of 9.84 and Leonard Scott in his season-best 9.97. Just getting to Zurich was an ordeal for Powell. His trip from Jamaica took three days because of disruptions caused by the alleged terror plot to blow up trans-Atlantic flights from London. (AP)