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Jamaican Sprinter Powell Equals Own World Record

Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell has equaled his world record time in the men's 100-meters race at the Weltklasse Golden League athletics meet in Zurich, Switzerland.

Powell finished the race in 9.77 seconds, the third time he has run the race at that speed. American Gay Tyson was second, 7/100ths of one second back (9.84) with compatriot Scott Leonard third (9.97).

Powell set the world record in Athens two years ago. American Justin Gatlin equaled it in May. Powell matched the mark again at Gateshead in June.

Gatlin was not running at Zurich because he tested positive for steroids after a race in April and is under investigation. Since he has a positive dope test from 2001, Gatlin could face a life-time ban for a second positive result.

Powell is also one of nine athletes competing for a share of the $1 million Golden League jackpot.

Some information for this report provided by AP.