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Asafa continues build-up to World Champs, clocks 9.87 in Switzerland

Published:Tuesday | July 14, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Asafa Powell (center) Clayton Voughn of the US (left) and Jamaica's Nesta Carter in action during the men's 100m race at the International Athletics Meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland today.

Former world record holder Asafa Powell continued his build-up to this year's IAAF World Championship in Beijing, China by clocking 9.87 seconds to win the men's 100 metres at today's Spitzen Leichtathletik meet in Luzern, Switzerland.

Powell, who finished second behind Justin Gatlin in his last outing, was registering his sixth sub-10 clocking of the season.

Compatriots Nesta Carter was second 10.06 and Kemar Bailey-Cole third in 10.08 seconds.

Former World champion Yohan Blake, finished second in the men’s B race in 10.20.

The race was won by former Jamaican athlete Jak Ali Harvey, who now represents Turkey, in 10.15 seconds.

In the women's equivalent, Natasha Morrison ended second 11.17 behind the winner Charonda Williams who clocked 11.14.

Stephenie-Ann McPherson won the women's 400 metres in 50.50 seconds.

Christine Day finished third in 51.57 seconds.

Veronica Campbell-Brown was second overall in the women's 200 metres time final in 22.61 seconds. Jamaican, Shericka Jackson won the B section in 22.87 seconds but the overall winner was American Charonda Williams in 22.32 seconds.

Warren Weir 20.45 seconds and Tyquendo Tracey 20.59 seconds fifth and sixth in the men’s 200 metres A race.

The event was won by South African Wayde van Niekerk in 19.94 seconds.