10 Interesting Facts About Asafa Powell

Powell, a sprinter who specializes in 100 metres, was the holder of the world record between 2005 and 2008. Though his initial interest was to be a mechanic, he took to athletics while studying in Kingston. Here are 10 interesting facts about the sprinter:
 
  1. June 12, 2004, was a memorable day for Powell when he ran the 100m under 10 seconds for the first time. Participating in the National Junior Track& Field Championship he clocked 9.99s. Two weeks later he bettered his personal time in the 100m, participating in the Jamaican National Championship where he won in 9.91s.
  2. He became the first man to win both 100 and 200m at the World Athletics final in championship in a record time. He recorded five IAAF Grand Prix wins in 2004 and ending the year ranked no.1 in 100m.
  3. In 2006 he twice equaled his world record time of 9.77 seconds in 100m in the IAAF Golden League events and in the process he won six events to earn a total of $ 250,000 in prize money.
  4. On November 12,2006 he was awarded the title, ‘2006 Male IAAF World Athlete of the Year,’ along with a cheque for $ 100,000. He was unbeaten in 16 finals and also received ‘Track & Field Athlete of the Year 2006.
  5. He has fast initial acceleration considering his 6 ft 3 in height and 14 stones in weight.  His long legs provide 2.6 metres stride with rapid progression between each stride.
  6. In 2007 on January 05th he received the ‘Commonwealth Games Sports Foundation Athlete of the Year’ award.  It was handed over by the foundation’s founder Al Hamilton.
  7. Running is in his family. His father William had clocked 10.2, his mother Cislyn 11.4, his brother Donavan was a finalist in the 1999 World Indoor Championship.
  8. On September 09, 2007 he fulfilled his promise of breaking the world record in the 100m by year end. Competing in the IAAF Grand Prix in Rieti, Italy, Powell ran a new world record time of 9.74 s in the 100m heats. In the final he set the time 9.78 s.
  9. In 2008 he was honored by the Jamaican government with ‘Order of Distinction’ Commander Rank in recognition of his achievement at the Olympics.
  10. Powell has run the 100m under 10 seconds legally on 94 occasions, a record held by Maurice Greene.  He has run 36 times which are in 9.80 to 9.89 second.

 

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