Asafa Powell celebrates his new world record clocking 9.77 seconds in the 100 meters.
ATHENS (CP) - Asafa Powell set a world record in the men's 100 metres Tuesday, registering 9.77 seconds at the Tsiklitiria Super Grand Prix meeting.
The Jamaican, who finished fifth in 9.94 at the 2004 Athens Games on the same track, shaved one hundredth of a second off Tim Montgomery's record of 9.78 set in Paris in 2002. Montgomery's record already was at risk because he faces doping charges. The previous record was 9.79 set by Maurice Greene on the Athens track in 1999.
Powell, 22, already had the world's fastest time this year, a run of 9.84 seconds at the Jamaica International Invitational on May 8. He also ran a 9.85 on June 9 in the Czech Republic. His run Tuesday came with a tailwind of 1.6 metres per second, well below the legal limit of 2.0.
"I'm very happy that ... I achieved this performance," Powell said after the race at the Olympic Stadium. "I knew I could break the world record and I am very happy I succeeded."