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20.03.2006 Sports News

Zakari fails in medal attempt

By jfm

Ghana's Aziz Zakari failed to win his first major championship medal in the final of the 100m at the Commonwealth games after placing fifth in a time of 10.22secs.

The world record-holder Asafa Powell looked superbly relaxed as he cruised to gold in 10.03 seconds, ahead of Nigeria's Soji Fasuba and the Trinidadian Marc Burns.

Powell set the most glamourous event record in athletics in a new best time of 9.77 seconds last year.

The final was Zakari's first ever appearance in his Commonwealth games career since 1998 when he managed a semi-final berth in the 100 and 200m events.

The 30 year-old Ghanaian sprinter thus fails to exorcise the bad spell that he has suffered on the international stage at the Melbourne Games.