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Powell equals own 100-m record

The Jamaican ran the distance in 9.77 seconds for the third time at the Weltklasse Golden League.

india Updated: Aug 19, 2006 20:28 IST

Asafa Powell needed three days to get to this meet because of all the airline disruptions in Europe.

When he finally arrived, he was as fast and flawless as ever.

The Jamaican equaled his 100-metre world record at the Weltklasse Golden League meet on a balmy night on Friday, the third time he has run the distance in 9.77 seconds.

"I knew I had something special, but I didn't know so fast," Powell said. "I'm the only one who has ever run 9.77 three times. I ran a world record three times. If I'm going to continue to run 9.77 for the rest of career it's not a bother to me."

Still, he's confident he can go even faster.

"One way or the other, there will come a time when I run under 9.77," he said.

Powell led from start to finish and was followed by two Americans - Tyson Gay in a personal best of 9.84 and Leonard Scott in his season-best 9.97.

Just getting to Zurich was an ordeal for Powell. His trip from Jamaica took three days because of disruptions caused by the alleged terror plot to blow up trans-Atlantic flights from London. He left Jamaica on Saturday and went by train from Paris to his summer training base in Italy.

Powell set the world record in Athens in 2005, with Justin Gatlin equalling the mark in May. Powell matched the record again a month later in Gateshead, England.

Gatlin was not at Weltklasse after revelations of a failed doping test last month from a relay race in April. If the positive test is confirmed, Gatlin could lose his share of the world record.