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Powell clocks 90th sub-10 in Swiss win

Published:Wednesday | July 22, 2015 | 7:00 AMAndre Lowe
Powell

In-form Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell won again on the circuit, adding to his 100 metres sub-10 seconds tally on the way to outclassing a decent field at the Gala Dei Castelli meet in Bellinzona, Switzerland yesterday.

Powell sped out of the blocks along with notoriously quick starter, St Kitts and Nevis' Kim Collins, before changing gears to leave the rest of the competitors for dead, stopping the clock in 9.87 in still wind.

It was Powell's 90th legal 100m time under 10 seconds and his seventh so far this season in 12 trips to the starting line.

There was a lot of daylight between Powell and fellow Jamaican Nesta Carter, who finished strongly to take second place in 10.05 while Collins was comfortable in third place with a time of 10.13.

switch allegiance

Two Jamaicans - Kemarley Brown and Andrew Fisher, who are in the process of switching their allegiance to the Kingdom of Bahrain, an archipelago located off the coast of Saudi Arabia, both clocked 10.21 to finish fourth and fifth, respectively.

Jak Ali Harvey, formerly Jacques Harvey, who is another Jamaican to have switched allegiance in recent times and is now competing under the flag of Turkey, won the 'B' final in a time of 10.03, beating Jamaican Tyquendo Tracey, 10.23, and Kenji Fujimitsu of Japan, 10.24. Michael Frater was fifth in 10.26, with Winston Barnes finishing a place behind him in 10.41.

Christania Williams, 11.21 was fourth in the women's 100m behind winner Tiana Bartoletta, 11.07, Mujinga Kambundji, 11.17 and Jessica Young, 11.20.

Meanwhile, 2011 world 100m champion Yohan Blake will compete in Dublin, Ireland on Friday inside the Morton Stadium. He will run in the 100m at the low-profile Morton Games, as he works himself back into shape with next year's Olympic Games in sight.

andre.lowe@gleanerjm.com