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Jamaica Track and Field:

Bolt sets new world record in 100 meters at Olympics

Bolt sets world record in 100 meters
May 31, 2009

Like a bolt of lightening, Jamaica's Usain Bolt became the world’s fastest man when he set a new world record Saturday night with a time of 9.72 seconds, .02 seconds faster than the old record held by his countryman, Asafa Powell.

The 21-year-old 6-5 sprint phenomenon, defeated American champion sprinter Tyson Gay in the highly anticipated matchup at the fourth annual Reebok Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island in New York . Read More in the forum

Asafa Powell's World Record Run
September 9th, 2007

Asafa Powell bettered his own world record in the 100 meters Sunday September 9th, 2007 by running 9.74 seconds at the Rieti Grand Prix. He first set the previous record of 9.77 in Athens in June 2005 and last year equalled it on two occasions in Gateshead and Zurich. Watch the highlights of Powell's record-breaking run below or read more in the forum.

Previous Record By Asafa Powell

asafa powellThe day was Tuesday, June 14, 2005 when the sport of track and field was saved by the blistering speed of the Jamaican warrior, Asafa Powell. The young Jamaica sprinter set a new world record of 9.77 at the Tsiklitiria Super Grand Prix. beating the old record by one-hundredth of a second. "It's great, it's great, I am the fastest man in the world now." said the 22 year old Powell. Asafa who had finished fifth at the Olympics last summer, ran the two fastest times in the world this year of 9.84 seconds at the Jamaica International Invitational in May 8 and 9.85 in the Czech Republic on June 9, before smashing the previous drug tainted time set by an American runner Tim Montgomery.

The former record holder, was charged with using steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Recently, many American athletes have come under the suspicion of being drug filled, tarnishing the sport of track and field. Montgomery and his girlfriend Marion Jones were both implicated in the BALCO Laboratory drugs scandal, said he was shocked that Powell broke his record. Is he shocked because this humble, drug free Jamaican did not need the help of a chemist like so many American athletes do?. Or is it that Asafa's beautiful attitude showed what greatness is?... he lifted his head up when he lost and moved on and showed the world that Jamaican is truly the sprint factory of the world....Read more on Asafa Powell in the forum


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