Saturday, May 19, 2012
Asafa Powell: Edged out Michael Rodgers in Shanghai
Shanghai | 19 May 2012 |Sky Bet
Former world record-holder Asafa Powell boosted his Olympic hopes after edging out controversial American Michael Rodgers to win the Shanghai Diamond League men's 100m.
The Jamaican sprinter clocked a time of 10.02sec on Saturday, six hundredths of a second quicker than Rodgers, who was recently slapped with a nine-month, retroactive drug ban.
Powell, who was beaten by a resurgent Justin Gatlin in this month's opening Diamond League meeting in Doha, was satisfied to finish first.
"It was a good result. Technically it was good. We did a lot of work in Jamaica," said Powell. "It's still two months to the Olympics.
"I'm satisfied. Shanghai is a good meet, the crowd is fantastic... I'm excited."
Jamaica's Nesta Carter was third with American Darvis Patton fourth.