On this day in Athens, Greece, 14 June 2005, Asafa Powell set a new world 100m record.
Powell clocked 9.77 seconds in Olympic Stadium to beat Tim Montgomery’s record of 9.78 set in Paris in 2002.
A year earlier at the Olympic Games, Powell finished fifth in 9.94s.
“I knew I could break the world record and I am very happy I succeeded,” he said after the race.
In an Observer story, published on the 15th anniversary, Powell said: “Fifteen years ago seems like a very long time, but when you manage to break the world record in the 100 metres it’s something you can’t forget, it sticks with you for a lifetime.”
Powell remembered the night before breaking the world record he was “up eating ice cream and just idling around.”
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