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