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Asafa clocks 10.30 for third on return

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 | 4:34 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Former 100 metre World Record holder Asafa Powell was third over the distance at a low keyed meeting in Luzern, Switzerland, his first race since last July as he served a drugs ban.

Running in a two-toned blue top without any sponsors’ logo, Powell clocked 10.30 seconds, the same as two other runners -- Marvin Bracy of the USA and Keston Bledman of Trinidad.

Jamaican Julian Forte was second in 10.24 seconds just beaten by Cayman Islands’ Kemar Hyman.

Powell and training partner Sherone Simpson tested positive for a banned substance during the 2013 National Trials.

After an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) he had his 18-month ban by Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission this week reduced to six months.

Simpson who also had her ban reduced to six months competed at the meet but was eighth in the 100m in 10.57 seconds.

Paul Reid

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