By Gary Smith, World-Track
BERLIN — He did not win the gold medal, but former world record holder Asafa Powell says seeing his fellow countryman Usain Bolt rewriting the record books once again, was enough for him to be joyful.
Powell ran a seasonal best of 9.84seconds, but was hammered back into third place, as American Tyson Gay claimed the silver with a new national record of 9.71 seconds.
Gay’s run was also the second fastest ever, replacing the 9.72 set by Powell last year.
The Jamaican, however, was more cheerful for his countryman who proves to the world that he is truly the new king of sprinting.
"I am so excited about Usain’s run tonight, it is great to be part of this," Powell said. "I went out there and did well. I was motivated even if for everybody it was a showdown between Usain and Tyson.
"9.58s – that is a thing tonight. It shows that it is possible."
Powell said he was anticipating a fast time, but was left stunned when the clock stopped.
"I am stunned [by the time]," he said.
He added that he would loved to have won the silver, but the bronze is just as good.
"Maybe 2nd place would have been better but I still feel like a winner today. I knew it was going to be fast but I did not expect time like this. Usain showed us that it is possible. He proved it and put it on at another level."
But the exciting part about Bolt’s run is that he started to look around after 80m, proving that he still has more in the tank.