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Last Updated: Monday, 26 June 2006, 06:12 GMT 07:12 UK
Powell equals year's fastest 200m
Asafa Powell
Asafa Powell narrowly missed Donald Quarrie's Jamaican national record of 19.86
Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell equalled this year's fastest 200m time when he clocked 19.90 seconds at the Jamaican Athletics Championships on Sunday.

The joint holder of the 100m world record matched the time Wallace Spearmon ran at the US championships in Indianapolis earlier in the day.

On his comeback from injury, Powell started well in lane seven but opted for caution, easing off on the curve.

"I have to watch the groin injury, I had to take it easy," he said.

Powell sustained his injury when he last ran a 200m race in Santo Domingo last month, and, competing in a weak field in Kingston, could afford not to stretch himself.

The Commonwealth Games 100m champion did lengthen his stride on the straight, but was able to wind down 10m from the line.

"I did not come here to break the [Jamaican] national record. I just came to do my best," he said.

Powell, who shares the 100m world record of 9.77 with American Justin Gatlin, was, however, confident that he has plenty more to offer.

"The run was not my best, it was just another race, and you haven't seen my best yet," he said. "This showed that I can be the best in both events," he added.

Powell's training partner Sherone Simpson completed the women's sprint double on Sunday by running 22.00, the fastest 200m time since American Inger Miller ran 21.77 in August 1999.

Simpson, who beat her previous best of 22.1, recorded the year's fastest 100m time of 10.82.


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