New fast time for Powell in Rome


Former world record holder Jamaican Asafa Powell highlighted the Rome Golden Gala, the fourth leg of the IAAF Diamond League, on Thursday.

Powell, the only Jamaican winner in the Italian capital, clocked another world leading time in the men's 100 metres, surpassing his previous world leading time of 9.83 seconds recorded at the Ostrava Golden Spike Meet in the Czech Republic on May 27, the third leg of the Diamond League.

The inform Powell lowered that mark by one hundredths of second though he had the second slowest reaction time off the blocks, of the nine runners.

He says but for an unusually slow start, the race could have been faster.

“It was real good race because I got a very slow start but came back to run 9.82 … the last half of this rate was a lot beeter than Oslo, (Norway). If I had gotten the start that I got in Ostrava of Oslo, this would have been a very fast race,” said Powell.

His winning, world leading time was 9.82 seconds.

Shelly Ann Fraser suffered poor luck at the same meet when she was the second of two runners to be disqualified from the 100 metres for women because of the false start rule.