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World Championships: Asafa Powell powers to victory

Jamaican clinches 100m gold in last race before World Championships

Bern: Jamaican sprint star Asafa Powell ran 9.87sec in his last 100m outing before the Beijing World Championships at a meet in the Swiss town of Bellinzona on Tuesday.

Asafa Powell takes a selfie with fans after winning the men's 100m race at the 'Gala dei Castelli' in Bellinzona, Switzerland. Pic: AP/PTI
Asafa Powell takes a selfie with fans after winning the men's 100m race at the 'Gala dei Castelli' in Bellinzona, Switzerland. Pic: AP/PTI 

Former world record holder Powell, who won the Diamond League meet in Paris earlier this month in a time of 9.81, finished comfortably ahead of his fellow countryman Nesta Carter (10.05sec).

Powell's time broke the record for the meeting, as he went below the 10-second barrier for the 90th time in his career.

Powell, 32, will spend time training in Austria before moving on to Beijing for the world championships, which run from August 22-30.

Powell returned to the track in July after his 18-month ban for taking a banned stimulant was reduced to six months on appeal.

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