LEVERKUSEN, Germany – Former 100m record holder blazed to his fastest time in three years to place second in the 100m at the Bayer Classic in Germany on Wednesday.
At the meet which took place in Leverkusen, Germany, 36-year-old Powell clocked a time of 10.02 seconds, recording a season’s best, to finish behind Arthur Cisse of the Ivory Coast who won the race in 9.93 seconds. Ojie Edoburun of Germany was third in 10.08s
The 10.02 represents the fastest time Powell has ran since his 10.01 at the Zagreb World Challenge Meet in Croatia in September of 2016.
Powell has been steadily finding form this season, clocking faster times as the season progresses.
Just two weeks ago at the Spitzen Leichtathletik Luzern meet in Switzerland, Powell finished fourth with a time of 10.17. He had qualified for the men’s 100m final with 10.35.
Asafa Powell was the Jamaican world record holder of the 100m before Usain Bolt. He first broke the 100m world record when he ran 9.77s in Athens in June 2005, breaking the previous record of 9.78 held by American Tim Montgomery. He broke his own record again in September 2007 in Rieti, Italy with a time of 9.74 seconds.
Usain Bolt then lowered the record to 9.72 the following year.