Powell triumphs after breaking world record
September 14, 2007

Powell triumphs after breaking world record

by Paul Virgo 14.SEP.07

Asafa Powell cruised to victory in the 100 meters final of the Rieti IAAF Grand Prix in Italy on Sunday, after breaking his own world record in his heat.

The Jamaican set, the record of 9.74 seconds and then was back on the track some 90 minutes later to run 9.78 in the final.{{more}}

It was an emphatic return for Powell, who was a disappointing third at the Osaka world championships last month behind American rivals Tyson Gay and Derrick Atkins of the Bahamas.

Powell’s compatriot Michael Frater came second, with a time of 10.03 seconds, and Norway’s Jaysuma Saidy Ndure was third with 10.10.

Irving Saladino had an easy time in the long jump, thanks in part to the absence of injured Italian Andrew Howe, the Rieti athlete who pushed the Panamanian all the way in Osaka. The world champion won with a leap of 8.31 meters.

Other 2007 world champions who won their events were Kenya’s Janeth Jepkosgei in the women’s 800 meters, Russia’s Yekaterina Volkova in the women’s 3,000 meters steeplechase, and Cuba’s Yargelis Savigne in the women’s triple jump.

In the hammer, Japan’s Olympic champion Koji Murofushi beat world champion Ivan Tikhon of Belarus by one centimeter, with a throw of 82.62 meters.

Russia’s Anna Chicherova dashed the crowd’s hopes of seeing a home winner by clearing 1.98 meters in high jump, three centimeters more than Italy’s Antonietta Di Martino, the woman she shared silver with in Japan.