Jamaican sprinter and sub-10 king Asafa Powell had a day he would probably rather forget at the Millrose Games in New York on Saturday.
Powell, who finished sixth in the men’s 60-metre event in 6.69 seconds was bested by, not just five other athletes, but fellow Jamaican, 110 hurdles World Champion, Omar McLeod.
McLeod, though a hurdler, is blessed with real speed and finished the flat event in a creditable 6.63 seconds to finish fifth.
In 2016 McLeod became the first athlete in history to run under 10 seconds (9.99) for the 100m and 13 seconds for the 110m hurdles.
“Maybe it’s a little risky, going from what I do and what I dominate to another event where I’ll probably get beat a couple of times. But that’s OK. I know that I can grow,” McLeod told US Today in an interview earlier this week.
“I know I can be really successful with it,” he added.
Destroying the field, was the United States’ Ronnie Baker, who clocked 6.48 seconds, with the next best sprinter his teammate Noah Lyles well beaten in 6.59.
China’s Xie Zhenye went to the tape with Lyles, finishing third with the same time.
The Jamaican pair were also bested by Saudi Arabia’s Abdullah Mohammed, who finished in 6.60 seconds.