Usain Bolt, center, wins the 100-meter final ahead of Yohan Blake, left and Asafa Powell in the Racers Grand Prix track and field event at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica, Saturday, June 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Collin Reid)

Asafa Powell, who was once the world’s fastest man, recalled Usain Bolt’s record breaking 100m feat at the Berlin 2009 World Championships (See race video below).

“Usain had a great race (in Berlin, 2009). It was a perfect race,” Powell told a media interaction organised on Friday (November 18) by Puma ahead of the Delhi half-marathon.

Powell held the 100m world record between 2005 and 2008 of 9.77 and 9.74 before Bolt first ran 9.72 and 9.69 in 2008. Bolt then lowered it to 9.58 in Berlin.

“I was in that race (in Germany). I was pretty much the best starter in the world and he was already ahead of me at the start. So, he had a great race. It’s going to be very hard for someone to come and match that run.”

“I would say it is likely to stand for a very long time,” Powell said of the current world record mark.

Bolt also ran 19.19 seconds in Berlin for the 200m world record.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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