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Powell looks good, Gay, Bolt and Bailey also impressive

By Steve Campbell, World-Track

bolt_baileyBERLIN — Asafa Powell, Tyson Gay and Usain Bolt moved another step closer to their dream of winning the World Championships 100-metres title here in Berlin with comfortable runs in their respective second round heats.

Powell made sure he did not repeat his first round craziness, when he eased down some 40m before the finish line and almost missed going on, by coasting to 9.95seconds – although he eased up way before the finishing line.

After a delay at the start, the Jamaican former world record holder got out to another rocket start and the chasing pack stood no chance of catching up, even when he shut it down before the line early.

Defending champion Tyson Gay came back from a sluggish start to power away from the field with a time of 9.98secs, with Jamaica’s Michael Frater finished behind him in 10.09.

Jamaican Olympic champion Usain Bolt and his training partner Daniel Bailey of Antigua did not break 10seconds, but looked so impressive in the last quarterfinal heat.

Bailey blasted out of the blocks, but was quickly chased down by Bolt, who then eased off the gas as the pair looked around – smiling in the final 20m before Bailey crossed in 10.02 to Bolt’s 10.03.

Another impressive run in the second round came from American champion Mike Rogers, who won his race in 10.01.

Great Britain’s Dwain Chambers was a comfortable heat winner also – clocking a seasonal and European best of 10.04.


Put together by a member of the World-Track and Field Website team members. This is usually done by an in house member with able assistance from someone or an agency reporting from outside.



  1. walter fitzpatrick

    August 15, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    asafa looks pretty good here think he will run a very good final tomorrow, i am making a bold prediction, caribbean 1, 2, 3. the superman first of course.

  2. waynef

    August 15, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I hate to say I told you so but i’ve been saying that Powell is going to be the one to pressure bolt to the line, not Gay. Gay and his followers can say what they want but all they are doing is trying to show supreme confidence. but this is not Osaka from 2 years ago. Confidence is great but against bolt and asafa, it will only get you so far. their are a few other guys in the race that say they know they can beat bolt. including the Jamaican born dwain Chambers of G. Britain. they have a lot of confidence but reality will set in once they step to the line. Asafa is the only runner right now that can beat bolt. people were fooled by the fact that he ran mediocre races this season, but I know that he was only testing himself and certain aspects of his race, while nursing his injury. i saw Gay beat Asafa twice this year but i’ve been watching him for years so i know he was not trying to win. he was working on his conditioning. Now watch him in the semi-finals and finals. in two days.

  3. channa

    August 15, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    when asafa runs tomorrow we will see a good race between him and tyson gay, then we can make some good for me i will agree with waynef and say asafa will pressure bolt tomorrow and will medalin the final.i think it’s going to be a 1,2 jamaica with a fight for the finish.drop the post guys what you think??

  4. waynef

    August 15, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Its funny. The first name in this article was Asafa powell. I imagine that as the rounds go by more and more people will be hoppin off the “Usain Bolt/Tyson Gay band wagon and onto the Powell/Bolt band wagon. including may so called sports Analysts and sports writers. lol. Well i’m already on the powell/bolt wagon. welcome aboard.

  5. Jamaican In Japan

    August 15, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Well said… growing up in Jamaica, you train your mind to be great. Bolt is there, he’s got it. And no one is going to take it. When you grow in a place like Trelawny, where sugar cane and banana are king, you don’t reach the top of something on the world stage and consider sharing it.

    The one person who will be able to beat Bolt is Jago’s Blake (…once he’s off this drug thing)

    Pardon my bias, but growing up in Ocho Rios, one parish over from Bolt’s… I chose lighting strike Berlin twice (…minimum)

  6. Jamaican In Japan

    August 15, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Something you all missed was Asafa playin w/the camera in the quarters… he’s relax, Bolt 9.54 (final) ; Asafa 9.7 (final); Gay 9.77 (final)

    Yaad sweep for my queens though… Led by Fraser!

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