Asafa Powell, last night, had to settle for a silver medal at the IAAF World Indoors Championships in Portland, Oregon. Powell started the heats and announced himself as favourite, clocking a world leading 6.44 seconds in the heats, before repeating the feat in the semi-finals. However, in the final, he could not match the effort, finishing in 6.50 seconds behind the United States’ Trayvon Bromell, who was consistent throughout the rounds. Bromell finished in a personal best 6.47 seconds, which would have been three hundredths of a second outside of Powell’s heats times.
In fact, Powell’s 6.44 is the third fastest all-time, with only Maurice Greene of the United States, who holds the World Record at 6.39, having gone faster. Greene also ran 6.42. Ramon Gittens of Barbados also made his way onto the podium from the Caribbean, the Barbadian, finishing third with 6.51. Mike Rodgers, who has looked smart on the circuit was a disappointing sixth in 6.54 seconds, while Kim Collins, who has led the world indoors on more than one occasion this season was eighth in 6.56. Collins is, however, recuperating from a slight injury that would have slowed his progress heading into worlds.