'The run was a training exercise' - Powell pleased with 9.87 clocking at meet in Texas
Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
Asafa Powell says he is pleased with his 9.87-second run at a meet in Texas on Saturday night, which was a tune-up before the former 100 metre world record holder heads to Europe for a series of meets.
Powell, who trains nearby the track in St Michaels where the meet was run, has been preparing under the watchful eye his brother Donovan, himself a former sprinter.
According to Powell, the meet was happening nearby and he needed a training run.
"The run was a training exercise for me. It was a small meet and I wanted to get another race under my belt before heading to Europe," Powell said.
He was pleased at the performance, saying he was comfortable as he had been training consistently.
Powell competes in two meets in Europe in the coming days - in the 100 metres at the IAAF World Challenge meet in Zagreb, Croatia, on September 2; then Italy for the Rieti Meeting 2014 World Challenge on September 7.
It was in Rieti during his heyday in 2007 that Powell set a new world record of 9.74 seconds in his heat, before blazing to 9.78 seconds in the final.
Powell has not raced much since his return from suspension in June, when the Court of Arbitration for Sport suspended an 18-month ban imposed on him after he tested positive for the stimulant Oxilofrine at the National Championships in June 2013.
The 31-year-old Powell subsequently competed at a number of small meets in Europe, as he attempted to develop his race fitness, running 10.02 at a meet in Brazil on August 10.