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Track & Field: Powell's 100m World Record Ratified


The International Association of Athletics Federations has ratified several world records, including Jamaican Asafa Powell's new mark in the men's 100 meters race.

The 22-year-old Jamaican set the new time of 9.78 seconds June 14 in Athens, Greece. The result broke the previous record of 9.79 seconds held by American Tim Montgomery.

Powell has missed the rest of the season after tearing a ligament in his right leg at a meet in London July 22.

The IAAF also ratified American Kerron Clement's world record in the indoor 400 meters race (44.57 seconds).

Russian Yelena Isinbayeva's mark of 4.92 meters in the women's pole vault was also ratified. The Russian has set higher marks since the record made official Wednesday, but the new heights are still awaiting ratification.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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