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Atheletic: POWELL WANTS RECORD ALL TO HIMSELF.

ASAFA Powell believes he is on course to shatter the 100 metres world record this summer.

The Jamaican sprinter shares the record with American Justin Gatlin but is the form man this summer and determined to gain sole ownership in the coming weeks.

Powell believes his present form and fitness suggest he can obliterate the current mark of 9.77secs, and the 23-year-old may be poised to set a time so impressive it would compare to Michael Johnson's startling records for the 200m and 400m.

His victory on Friday night at the Norwich Union London Grand Prix was routine for Powell, even though at 9.91 secs it was by anyone else's standards a stunning run.

With 11 successive victories during the opening half of the European Golden League and Grand Prix circuit, Powell's challenge is to beat opponents but also race the clock.

"I'm going to get the record back and quickly," he vowed.

Powell has already declared this summer that "9.6 seconds is a possibility in the future".

It came as a surprise in May when Gatlin, the Olympic and world champion, equalled Powell's world record in Doha.

At that stage of the season Powell was still not into his stride, and was working his way into record-breaking shape after celebrating his Commonwealth Games title.

But Powell then ran the second 9.77sec race of his career in Gateshead, easing up as he crossed the line.

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
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Date:Jul 30, 2006
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