LUZERN, Switzerland – Asafa Powell continued his impressive form this season with another victory after clocking 9.87 secs to win the men’s 100m at Tuesday’s Spitzen Leichtathletik meet in Luzern.
The Jamaican once again showed that he has been working on the second part of his race, after he separated himself from the field at the 80m mark en route to the dominant win.
Powell raced home ahead of fellow countrymen Nesta Carter, who ran 10.06 for second place and Kemar Bailey-Cole (10.10). Great Britain’s Chijindu Ujah was fourth in 10.13.
The winning time was the fourth quickest this season for the former World Championships bronze medallist, who has a season’s best time of 9.81.
It was also his sixth sub-10 seconds clocking on the term.
Charonda Williams of USA won the women’s race with a time of 11.14 seconds and them completed the double with a 22.32 secs to win the 200m.
Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown ran a fantastic opening 100m in the halflap, but faded to second place in a seasonal best of 22.61 – just edging out American Tiffany Townsend (22.62).
South African 400m record holder Wayde van Niekerk sizzled to a stunning time of 19.94 secs to win the men’s 200m against a solid field that had also included Olympic bronze medallist Warren Weir of Jamaica and Panama’s 2009 world silver medallist Alonso Edward of Panama.
Van Niekerk, who only recently produced a fast 43.96 to beat Kirani James over 400m in Paris, used that quarter-mile speed endurance to power past the field to secure first place in the B-race.
His time was the fastest of the two heats, as his fellow countryman and world and Olympic finalist Anaso Jobodwana took the A-race in 20.12.
Event favourite Weir struggled all the way home and finished fifth behind Van Niekerk in 20.45.