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National Trials: Powell leads big guns into 100m semis with sub-10 clocking

Published:Thursday | June 25, 2015 | 6:12 PM
Asafa Powell (centre) stopped the clock in 9.98 for his second sub-10 clocking of the season to win ahead of the fast finishing Yohan Blake (left).
Asafa Powell ... "I am happy with this run tonight, I just wanted to do enough to qualify but I'm looking forward to tomorrow's final."
Nickel Ashmeade (left) clocked 10.12 to win his heat ahead of Dexter Lee and Levaughn Minzie, who both posted 10.18 on the clock.
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Asafa Powell powered his way to a strong win in the men's 100m heat at the JAAA/SVL National Senior Championships inside the National Stadium as defending champion Nickel Ashmeade, Olympic silver medallist Yohan Blake and Nesta Carter all booked spots in tomorrow's semi-finals.

Powell stopped the clock in 9.98 for his second sub-10 clocking of the season to win ahead of the fast finishing Yohan Blake, who recovered from a slip at the start of the race to post 10.24 for second with Kemarley Brown taking third also in 10.24.

"I am happy with this run tonight, I just wanted to do enough to qualify but I'm looking forward to tomorrow's final.

Winning the national title would be very important to me so it should be good," Powell said after his race.

Ashmeade clocked 10.12 to win his heat ahead of Dexter Lee and Levaughn Minzie, who both posted 10.18 on the clock, while Nesta Carter was relatively comfortable in winning his heat with a time of 10.12 ahead of Sheldon Mitchell, 10.13 and Tyquendo Tracey, 10.14.

Besides Powell, Kemar Bailey-Cole and Andrew Fisher, who finished one-two in their heat with similar times of 10.05 were the most impressive in qualifying.

Third place in that heat went to Jason Livermore who crossed the line in 10.06.

The men's 100m semi-finals are set for 7:10 p.m. with the final scheduled for 9:15 p.m.