By Gary Smith, World-Track

usainbolt1957BRUSSELS — Former 100-metres world record holder Asafa Powell says track and field is flourishing once again with the stunning introduction of his fellow countryman Usain Bolt.

Bolt has set himself apart from his closest rivals on the way to taking the sport to a level the world has never seen before.

He showboats, but backs this up with world-class performances, something Powell believes has lively up the sport.

"Without a Bolt, it is boring," Powell said, following his 100m win at the Brussels Van Damme – final IAAF Golden League meeting competition on Friday.

Despite the poor conditions Friday, Bolt ran 19.57 second, the fourth fastest time in history over 200m. The world and Olympic champion and world record holder was brilliant again under the black clouds and cool evening, as he races alone to win by a wide margin over American world bronze medalist Wallace Spearmon, who finished 0.62 seconds behind.

Bolt’s world record of 19.19 from the Berlin world championships last month, his 19.30 previous world mark from the Beijing Olympics last summer and American Michael Johnson’s 19.32 former world record, are the only times better than the 23-year-old’s time in Brussels.

Meanwhile, Powell, who was replaced by Bolt as the world’s fastest man two season’s ago, was also in good form on Friday.

After playing second fiddle to American Tyson Gay all season, the world bronze medallist returned with a super start to clock 9.90 to win the 100m over the American who finished second in 10.00secs.

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