Powell blasts back at Bolt with second-fastest 100m time

Asafa Powell equalled the second-fastest time over 100 metres when he clocked 9.72 seconds here last night.

The Jamaican former world record holder, who finished a disappointing fifth in the Beijing Olympics final, equalled the mark set by his compatriot Usain Bolt in New York City in May. Bolt reduced his own mark to 9.69sec in the Olympic final last month and last night won the 200m in 19.63sec.

"After all my problems this year I'm satisfied with my performance tonight," Powell said, after racing away from a strong field comprising all of the Beijing finalists except for Bolt. "It's also great to set a new personal record."

Making the fastest start out of the blocks, Powell finished 0.2sec clear of the Olympic bronze medallist Walter Dix, of the United States, with Jamaica's Nesta Carter taking third place, a further 0.06 seconds back.

Victory in the 200m was never in doubt for Bolt who finished more than half a second clear of runner-up Churandy Martina.

While Powell was greeted by rapturous applause from the crowd at the Lausanne Grand Prix, Bolt heard the rare sound of jeers from the spectators after slowing up in the final metres.

"It was a good time," Bolt said. "But I've made history now so a lot of people are looking to me for big times and great things. I'm always going out to do my best but it's been a long season and I trailed off tonight because I want to stay injury-free right the way to the season end.

"I'm happy for Asafa tonight," he added. "He has always been there, but he's looking pretty good now. There are a lot of guys to think about in the 100 metres."

Powell and Bolt were among six Jamaicans celebrating last night as the country's athletes won all but two of the sprint events. After owning the podium in the Olympic women's 100m, Jamaica sealed a one-two finish with Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser again finishing in front of the joint Beijing silver medallist Kerron Stewart.

Melaine Walker, another Jamaican Olympic champion, finished more than a second clear of her rivals in the 400m hurdles, while silver medallist Shericka Williams won the 400m in the absence of British gold medallist Christine Ohurogu.

Delloreen Ennis-London completed Jamaica's strong showing, clinching the 100m hurdles after a late mistake by Olympic champion Dawn Harper. The American brought down the final hurdle while leading the race, recovering to cross the line 0.03sec behind Ennis-London.

Bizarrely, the same thing then happened in the men's sprint hurdles with Cuba's Olympic champion Dayron Robles also catching the last barrier to finish second behind the American Olympic bronze medallist David Oliver.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Personal Tax Senior

£28000 - £37000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...

Recruitment Genius: Customer and Markets Development Executive

£22000 - £29000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company's mission is to ma...

Recruitment Genius: Guest Services Assistant

£13832 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This 5 star leisure destination on the w...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Account Manager

£20000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Account Manager is requ...

Day In a Page

A nap a day could save your life - and here's why

A nap a day could save your life

A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
If men are so obsessed by sex, why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?

If men are so obsessed by sex...

...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner

The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3
The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

Rolling in the deep

The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935
The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
10 best placemats

Take your seat: 10 best placemats

Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory