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June 15, 2005

IAAF Athens Super Grand Prix

Jamaica's Asafa Powell set a new 100 metres world record on Tuesday, clocking 9.77 seconds at the Olympic Stadium in Athens.

On a warm summer's night on one of the fastest tracks in the world, the 22-year-old beat Tim Montgomery's previous record of 9.78, set in Paris in September 2002, to become the fastest man ever over the distance.

"This goes to show that the no one knows how fast a man can run," a smiling Powell said later.

Photographs: LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images

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