On this day in Athens, Greece, 14 June 2005, Asafa Powell set a new world 100m record.

Powell clocked 9.77 seconds in Olympic Stadium to beat Tim Montgomery’s record of 9.78 set in Paris in 2002.

A year earlier at the Olympic Games, Powell finished fifth in 9.94s.

“I knew I could break the world record and I am very happy I succeeded,” he said after the race.

In an Observer story, published on the 15th anniversary, Powell said: “Fifteen years ago seems like a very long time, but when you manage to break the world record in the 100 metres it’s something you can’t forget, it sticks with you for a lifetime.”

Powell remembered the night before breaking the world record he was “up eating ice cream and just idling around.”

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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.


  1. Junior Q. Crossley 9.7 is not normal for elite athletes these days though. 9.7 is fast as hell! Elite athletes are all who run below 10 seconds. 9.7 is a very special group. And these days… only Christian Coleman runs 9.7

  2. Crazy how 9.7-9.8 is normal for elite athletes these days 🔥 would love to see Bolt, Powell, Blake in their primes running today. Hopefully Blake can rekindle some of his form next year


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