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Powell, Bolt gear up for World Athletics Final

Published:Monday | September 7, 2009 | 8:39 AM

Jamaica’s athletes including the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt and former world record holder Asafa Powell are now gearing up for the World Athletics Final in Thessaloniki, Greece on September 12 and 13.

Powell and his MVP teammates are now heading back to their training base in northern Italy to prepare for the two-day event following the Rieti Grand Prix yesterday.

Powell ran the 100 metres in 9.99 seconds into a strong headwind to win ahead of his fellow Jamaican training partner Nesta Carter, who clocked 10.08.

Another member of Powell’s training group, Olympic and recently crowned world champion Shelly Ann Fraser won the women’s 100 metres in 11.18 into a headwind of 2.4.

Oympic silver medalist Jamaican Sherone Simpson was the runner-up in 11.37.

Jamaican Kerron Stewart, the Olympic and world silver medalist in the 100 metres, won the 200 in 22.62, with Berlin 400-metre runner-up Shericka Williams of Jamaica second in 22.69.

Also registering victories for Jamaica were in-form Brigitte Foster-Hylton and Dwight Thomas in the sprint hurdles.

Foster-Hylton won the 100-metre hurdles in 12.78, while her Jamaican teammate Nickeisha Wilson finished second in 12.84.

Jamaica’s Lacena Golding-Clarke was fourth in 13.22.

In the 110-metre hurdles, Thomas clocked 13.36 to win ahead of Maurice Wignall, 13.48 in another Jamaican sweep of the top two spots.

The 19-year-old Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade clocked 20.54 seconds for the runner up spot in the men’s 200 behind American Wallace Spearmon who won in 20.27.