Asafa Powell, the former world-record holder, ran the third-fastest 100 meters of the year at the Diamond League meet in Paris. Powell’s time of 9.81 seconds improved on his previous season best of 9.84.
Asafa Powell, a Jamaican, was the evening’s star attraction in the absence of his countryman Usain Bolt, the world-record holder, who pulled out with a blocked joint in his left leg.
Jimmy Vicaut of France was second, equaling the European record with a time of 9.86. Michael Rodgers of the United States was third, in 9.99.
Justin Gatlin of the United States is heading to the world championships in Beijing in August as the favorite. He ran a 9.74 in May and a 9.75 in June.
In the women’s 100, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica finished in 10.74 seconds, becoming the fastest woman this year.
There was also a year’s best of 7 minutes 58.83 seconds in the men’s 3,000 steeplechase from Jairus Kipchoge Birech of Kenya. Orlando Ortega of Cuba also ran a world-best 12.94 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles.