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Date of Birth November 23 1982
Height 6 ft 1 in
Weight 87 kg
Discipline Track and Field
Club MVP Track Club
   
 
 
 
 

Asafa Powell (born 23 November 1982) is a Jamaican sprinter who specialises in the 100 meters. He held the 100m world record between June 2005 and May 2008, with times of 9.77 and 9.74s respectively. Powell has consistently broken the 10-second barrier in competition, with his personal best of 9.72s being the fifth fastest time in the history of the event. As of 2 May 2012, Powell has broken the ten-second barrier legally more times than anyone else – 81 times in total.

Powell competed in the 100m at the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2008 Beijing Olympics but failed to convert his success to the world stage, finishing fifth both times. However, in Beijing with the Jamaican team he won a gold medal and set the world and Olympic record in the 4 × 100m relay. At the 2007 Osaka World Championships he won a bronze and a silver medal in the 100m and 4 x 100m relay respectively and he has been successful at the Commonwealth Games, winning two gold and one silver medal. At the 2009 World Championships he won 100m bronze and a relay gold. Powell has won five times at the IAAF World Athletics Final and is the 100m record holder for the event.

Powell also holds the record for the fastest 100m run to place third. In August 2009, he ran 9.84s in the World Athletics Championships from Berlin, Germany. Powell suffers from pre-race anxiety and has underperformed his abilities in some major races.



 
     
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