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Asafa Powell says goodbye to world athletics

The runner announced through his social networks that he was officially retiring from the sport

Asafa Powell says goodbye to world athletics, announcing his official retirement from the sports world.

Powell broke the world record for the 100-meter dash several times, but was never crowned Olympic champion.

The runner took advantage of his 40th birthday to announce through his social networks that he was (officially) hanging up his running boots.

“It was a great week celebrating my birthday and officially hanging up my spikes, opening a new chapter in my life,” she announced on Twitter.

“As I say goodbye to the sport, I would like to thank all my loyal fans who have supported me throughout my career and even now. I would also like to thank the sport for the opportunities it has given me. It's been great," Powell said.

The sprinter's career has been one of the longest in the tartan. He competed in the 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympic Games.

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Although despite being the world record holder for the 100 meters, he was never crowned Olympic or individual world champion (Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and the American Maurice Green deprived him of the laurel).

Powell was quite far from what was expected in the Olympics, being his best classifications in Olympic finals were his fifth places in the year 2004 and the year 2008.

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