There was a knowing grin on his face at the start of the race, as the near full-capacity National Stadium crowd rained boos on American Ryan Bailey.
The men’s 100m at Jamaica International Invitational helped a lot of Jamaicans to sleep comfortably on Saturday night, as Asafa Powell scorched the field and sent early warnings.
Over 20 reigning world and Olympic champions strutted their stuff, showing good early season form at the 12th staging at the meet, but it was Powell’s beat-down of the controversial Bailey, that left most inside the venue with contentment.
Powell raced out of the blocks, stepped high and crashed the tape in a world leading 9.84 seconds – his 87th sub-10 seconds run in his career, with Bailey, who gained ‘Public Enemy number one ‘ status among Jamaican fans, after a controversial celebration at last week’s IAAF World Relays taking second place in 9.98 seconds. Nesta Carter was third in 9.98 seconds.