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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  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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