5 Jun 2010

Powell wins 100 metres in Oslo

4:04 pm on 5 June 2010

The former world record holder Asafa Powell took advantage of the absence of rivals Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay to comfortably win the men's 100 metres at the Diamond League Bislett Games in Oslo.

The Jamaican, who has been overshadowed in recent seasons by world record holder Bolt and American Gay, clocked 9.72 seconds with a tailwind of 2.1 metres per second, just outside the legal limit.

Three-times world heptathlon champion Carolina Kluft had a tougher time of it as she continued to adapt to the long jump, finishing a disappointing eighth.

Australia's world and Olympic pole vault champion Steve Hooker also had an off-night, failing all three attempts at his opening height of 5.40 metres.

Former British middle-distance greats Sebastian Coe and Steve Cram took part in the opening ceremony in a stadium where they broke five world records between them from 1979 and 1985.

Cram smashed Coe's world record when he won the Bislett 'Dream Mile' in 1985 in a time of 3:46.32.

Kenyan Asbel Kiprop was accompanied by the sound of African drums as he took today's victory over the distance in 3:49.56, the fastest time of the year.

In 1976, the New Zealander Sir John Walker, broke the 2000 metre world record in Oslo.