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PHOTOS: I am doing things a little bit different - Asafa at Jamaica Invitational

Published:Saturday | May 7, 2016 | 11:57 PM
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Shayne Fairman, Sport Writer

Asafa Powell, running in his first 200m race in about five years, eased to a 20.45 seconds clocking to win the men's 200m at the Jamaica International Invitational meet, at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Asked how he rated his performance, Powell said he was "happy with the win".

Powell further said "my brother is coaching me now so I am doing things a little bit different, I think I am fast, but we are still working on strength".

It was a competitive field which saw Powell, a former 100m world record holder, shutting down and cruising to victory.

American Bejee Lee was second in 20.52, and Rasheed Dwyer copped third with a similar time.

World Championships silver medalist, and MVP star athlete, Elaine Thompson produced a pulsating run to win the women's 100m race.

Thompson sped to a blitzy 10.71 seconds win, with a +2.4 head wind, just one-hundredth of a second outside of the national record of 10.70, set by sprint queen Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce.

English Gardner of the United States was second in 10.85 and Michelle Ayre of Trinidad finished third in 10.98.

When asked by The Gleaner, what does the win mean for her, Thompson said "I am pleased and training hard. Anything is possible". "Me and coach Francis is working on getting everything right," She added.

Meanwhile, another upcoming MVP star Janieve Russell sizzled to a win with a personal best time of 54.61 in the women's 400m hurdles.

Ristananna Tracey was second in 55.31 seconds and Lelah Nugent of the United States had to settle for third in a time of 56.24 seconds.