Monte Carlo, Jul 30: Powell ran his fastest 100-meter race of the season at the Herculis Super Grand Prix meet in Monte Carlo. Powell won the 100 in 9.82 seconds, six-hundredths faster than a week ago in Stockholm.
'I was very impressed with my race,' Powell said. 'It was a nil wind reading, so if I had a plus-one I would have run even faster.'His time was eight-hundredths of a second slower than his previous best of 9.74, which set a world record, albeit not for long, in September. Fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt ran a 9.72 two months ago in New York. Powell, however, beat Bolt in Stockholm and appears to be on track toward reaching his peak form as the Beijing Games approach.
U.S. sprinter Darvis Patton, who also will compete in 100 at Beijing, was second in 9.98. Nesta Carter of Jamaica was third in 10.02.