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Best shape of my life - says Asafa Powell after winning 100m at Paris Diamond League meet

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Asafa Powell of Jamaica (left) runs to win the men's 100m event with Jimmy Vicaut of France, who set the European record, at the IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting at Stade de France stadium in Saint Denis north of Paris, France, yesterday. Powell won in 9.81 seconds.

PARIS, France:

Unbeaten in his nine races this season and responsible for three of the six fastest times recorded this year, Asafa Powell is running himself into the form of his life.

In fact, the 32-year-old is convinced that he is in the best shape of his career.

Powell yesterday powered to a 9.81 win in the 100m at the Meeting Areva IAAF Diamond League meet in Paris, resulting in the former world record holder now being responsible for the third and joint fourth fastest times in the event this year, having ran 9.84 twice this season.

Yesterday's time was the Jamaican's fourth clocking under 10 seconds this year, his 87th legal sub-10 seconds time in his career and his 95th overall when counting hand-timed and wind aided clocking.

Back in 2008, Powell posted 15 sub-10 seconds times, a feat that remains a record to this day.

However, back to his best where health is concerned and a fresh, positive outlook in his approach, Powell told The Sunday Gleaner that he thinks he is in better shape than he was back then and heading in the right direction ahead of next month's World Championships.

"I think I am in better shape than I was back then in 2008 and that was like seven years ago so I am very confident, I am getting older yes, but I am still very strong and very positive," Powell said before adding that he is in the condition to go much faster than his 9.81 season best.

"I am definitely in shape to go faster than 9.81 and hopefully I can go faster in the next race. I am very confident and positive about this season and the key thing is that I am healthy," Powell added.

His next race comes this week at the Lausanne Diamond League meet, where he will meet world leader Justin Gatlin and another old nemesis, Tyson Gay, in the 100m.

In his last race, Powell got out of the blocks with everyone behind him and held his form through the middle phase before holding off Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut, who posted a European record 9.86 for second, with the US' Mike Rodgers taking third in 9.99.

"It was a great race, I got the start I have been working on that for the past week, but I think at the end I got a bit too excited because of that great start and was trying too hard to finish. I just need to put both parts together and it will be a perfect race," Powell assessed, before looking forward to Lausanne.

"I am looking forward to the next race. I have been confident all season so this just shows that I am getting better and better each race and as the season goes on I want to stay positive and focused," said Powell.