On June 15, 2005 Asafa Powell set a world record in the men’s 100 meters, clocking 9.77 seconds at the Tsiklitiria Super Grand Prix meeting in Athens. Born 23 November 1982 Powell specialises in the 100 metres. He held the 100 metres world record between June 2005 and May 2008, with times of 9.77 and 9.74 seconds respectively. Powell has consistently broken the 10-second barrier in competition, with his personal best of 9.72 s being the fifth fastest time in the history of the event. Powell competed in the 100 m at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics, finishing fifth in 2004 and 2008 and eighth after injuring his groin during the race in 2012. In 2008 he won a gold medal and set the world and Olympic records as part of the Jamaican 4 × 100 metres relay team.