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Olympic men's 100m semi-finals in Beijing
Jamaica's Asafa Powell (R ) sprints past Trinidad and Tobago's Richard Thompson to win his semi-final heat of the Olympic men's 100m heats in Beijing August 16, 2008. Powell won with a time of 9:91. Thompson was second in 9.93. (UPI Photo/Stephen Shaver)
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Asafa Powell at the ISTAF meet in Berlin, 2006

Asafa Powell C.D (born November 23, 1982) is a Jamaican sprinter who specialises in the 100 metres. He held the 100 m world record between June 2005 and May 2008, with times of 9.77 and 9.74 seconds respectively. Powell has consistently broken the 10 second barrier in competition and has run under 9.80 s more times than all other sprinters combined. Powell's personal best of 9.72 s is the joint second-fastest time in the history of the event.

Powell competed in the 100 m at the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2008 Beijing Olympics but failed to convert his success to the world stage, finishing fifth both times. However, he won a gold medal and set the world and Olympic record in the 4 × 100 metres relay with the Jamaican team in Beijing. At the 2007 Osaka World Championships he won a bronze and a silver medal in the 100 m and 4 x 100 m relay respectively and he has been successful at the Commonwealth Games, winning two gold and one silver medal. Powell has won at the IAAF World Athletics Final five times and is the 100 m record holder for the event.

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