Asafa Powell Will Run at Penn Relays Saturday

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PHILADELPHIA - The current world recordholder at 100 meters, Jamaican Asafa Powell, will compete for Nike as the No. 1 seed in the Olympic Development 100 meter dash Saturday at 3:45 p.m. at Franklin Field. The announcement was made Friday by The Penn Relays in conjunction with John Capriotti, Nike's Global Sports Marketing Director for Running/Track & Field.

Powell became the latest person to earn the title "World's Fastest Man," breaking the 100 meter world record in Athens, Greece on June 14, 2005 with a time of 9.77 seconds. Prior to that, he was ranked No. 1 in the event by Track & Field News, and finished fifth in the 2004 Olympic Games (coincidentally, also held in Athens).

In March, Powell won the 2006 Commonwealth Games title easily in Melbourne, Australia but had to get through a drama-filled semifinal which saw two disqualifications, three false starts and Powell himself running into another competitor's lane while looking at the scoreboard (he was held not to have impeded the other runner).

This will be Powell's second appearance in The Penn Relays; he anchored Jamaica's University of Technology (U Tech) team that won the College Championship of America 4x200 Meter Relay in 2003.