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Powell Runs Fastest 100 Meters of Year

May 7, 2006

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Asafa Powell ran the fastest 100 meters in the world this year Saturday, winning the Jamaica International in 9.95 seconds.

Powell, who holds the world record of 9.77, says he is fully recovered from a groin injury that kept him out of competition for nearly a year. He’s eagerly anticipating a race with Olympic champion Justin Gatlin later in the season.

``I’m looking forward to that and running even faster times,″ Powell said.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Marc Burns was second in 10.22.

American Lashinda Demus won the women’s 400 hurdles in a season-best 54.20, and Kerron Clements, also of the United States, won the men’s 400 in 48.95, beating Jamaicans Dean Griffiths and Danny McFarlane.

Debbie Ferguson of the Bahamas pulled away from the field to win the women’s 100 in 11.28, ahead of American Muna Lee (11.32) and Jamaica’s Muna Lee (11.37).

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