Asafa Powell makes statement of intent with blistering 60m run at World Indoor Championships
Jamaica's Asafa Powell had everyone talking in Portland after he set the fifth fastest indoor 60m time in history during the heats for the event on Friday.
Powell, 33, roared out of the blocks in his heat - burning away from his rivals and crossing in an impressive time of 6.44 seconds, despite appearing to ease off slightly in the final few metres.
The time was comfortably the quickest of the heats, making the Jamaican a resounding favourite with the semi-finals and final to come later on Friday.
"I lost it for a few years, but now I've got it back," Powell said afterwards.
Great Britain's James Dasaolu was among those to also qualify for the next stage, after he won Heat 2. Trayvon Bromell, Kim Collins and Mike Rodgers were also among those to progress.