Asafa Powell, 40, holds birthday and retirement party
Powell turned 40 years old on Wednesday (23 Nov). He held a big birthday and retirement party in Kingston.

Several track and field athletes and fans have reacted to Asafa Powell’s retirement from track and field.

Powell turned 40 years old on Wednesday (23 Nov). He held a big birthday and retirement party in Kingston. “Was a great week of celebrating my birthday and officially putting down my spikes, opening a new chapter in my life,” he wrote on social media.

Many of his Jamaican teammates over the years, Elaine Thompson-Herah, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake and Nesta Carter attended the party.

One of the first athletes to react is American Lolo Jones, who commented: “Congrats on the amazing career.” 

Among the highlights of Powell’s career was his 97 legal sub-10 times, according to the statistic website tilastopaja. He achieved three World records, 9.77 in Athens 2005, 9.77 in Gateshead 2006 and 9.74 in Rieti 2007. 

He won individual bronze medals at the Osaka 2007 and Berlin 2009 World Championships.

Chris Green @the1casper “Thank you for all you have done for us in leading the male sprint revival! May the next chapter be just as successful and fulfilling! Blessings forever.

Fast Eddie @EdwardW69887609 “Big up to your successful career & opening doors for other male sprinters. You not only etched your name in the history books as the 1st Jamaican to ever break the men’s 100m WR, but you still own the 100 yds WR & is dubbed the sub-10s 100m King!

Our Health Our World @urworldurhealth “Good morning Sir Powell. Jamaica thanks you for your stellar accomplishments on and off the track. Your philanthropic spirit is noteworthy. Blessings to you, your beautiful wife and your children.

Zaza @zaza8205 “Congratulations, Champ, you never failed to make us proud whether on or off the track; truly a class act and one of the greatest of all time. Happy retirement.

Okogyeaman @Zymzeema “Thanks, champ, for a great experience of your career. Ghana appreciates you so much cos you are from the motherland. Stay safe!

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Anthony Foster
Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.

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