By Gary Smith, World-Track
Asafa Powell, who this season became the record holder for the most sub-10 seconds performances, says he was surprised to have reached the mark so quickly.
The Jamaican former 100 metres world record holder took six years to run 60 sub-10 seconds times — bettering the previous record of 52, set by American Maurice Greene in eight years — between 1997 and 2004.
"He (Maurice Greene) took a number of years to do it and I did it in less, so I never thought I would get there so quick," Powell told the Jamaica Observer on his arrival from South Korea, at the weekend.
The two-time world championships bronze medallist, clocked 12 times faster than 10 seconds this season, just three off his best of 15, accomplished last year.
Powell said despite finishing the year as the third best sprinter behind countryman Usain Bolt and American Tyson Gay, who both raised the bar this season with personal bests, he was very thankful.
The 2006 Commonwealth Games champion clocked 9.84seconds to take third in Berlin behind the towering Bolt, who set a world record of 9.58secs for gold and Gay, who sizzled in at 9.71secs.
He explained: "I have to be thankful because actually I thought I wasn’t even going to compete this year because of all the injuries.
"[But] I managed to go to the World Championships and go to all these other competitions and manage to be competitive with Usain (Bolt) and Tyson (Gay), so I’m still satisfied."
Powell, however, insists that come next season he will be a tougher contender and will not lose as many races like he did this term.