Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell has officially retired following his 40th birthday, the former 100m world record holder announced on social media.
Powell set a world record of 9.77sec in June 2005 before lowering the mark to 9.74, a record that stood until his compatriot Usain Bolt smashed it in May 2008.
“Chapter 40 & retired, a new phase of life,” Powell wrote on Twitter.
“As I say good bye to the sport, I’d like to say thank you to all my loyal fans that stood by me in my entire career and even now.”
Chapter 40 &retired, a new phase of life. As I say good bye to the sport, I’d like to say thank you to all my loyal fans that stood by me my entire career and even now. I am also thankful for the opportunities the sport has given me. It’s been great & a-lot more to come pic.twitter.com/dcpMSEkYoJ— Asafa Powell (@officialasafa),” he wrote on Twitter.
Powell made the decision just three day after celebrating his 40th birthday.
He ran a final official 100m in May 2021 in Clermont, Florida, in 10.07sec but with a favourable wind. –Reuters