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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In 2008 he was honored by the Jamaican government with ‘Order of Distinction’ Commander Rank in recognition of his achievement at the Olympics.
- 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.