31 October 1971 |
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||79 kg (174 lb)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|Event(s)||60 metres, 100 metres|
|College team||TCU Horned Frogs|
Donovan Powell (born 31 October 1971 in Linstead, Jamaica) is a former sprinter who specialised in the 60 metres and 100 metres events. He is the brother of Asafa Powell, a former 100 m world record holder.
Powell had his first successes at the CARIFTA Games, where he won two silver medals in 1989, before taking the 200 metres title in 1990. He first represented Jamaica at the global level at the 1993 IAAF World Indoor Championships. He began attending Texas Christian University and had success at the 1994 NCAA championships, taking third in the 100 m and anchoring the TCU Horned Frogs to a relay gold. The next year he took a silver medal over 55 metres indoors and won another silver outdoors, setting his 10.07 seconds personal best for the 100 m.
He qualified for the 1995 World Championships with a second place at the Jamaican National Championships, but his test from the competition came back positive for the stimulant ephedrine and he was banned for three months. After returning to competition he ran at the 1997 World Championships (reaching the quarter-finals) and he was sixth in the final of the 60 m at the 1999 IAAF World Indoor Championships. He represented Jamaica at the Olympics at the 2000 Sydney Games, running in the relay heats.
Powell famously defeated Daniel England in the Class one 200 m at the ISSA High School Championships, giving England his only loss in four years at the Championships.
Competing at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Powell finished sixth in his heat, time 7.02 s.
Powell finished third in the 100 m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and anchored the TCU 4 × 100 m relay team to first place.
At the NCAA Indoor Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, Powell finished second in the 55 m, his time 6.19 On 19 May Powell was hand timed at 9.7 s in Houston. It is a disqualified time for record purposes.
Powell repeated his success at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, again anchoring the TCU 4 × 100 m relay team to first place, and finished second in the 100 m in his personal best 10.07. He finished second in the 100 m at the Jamaican National Championships with a run of 10.15 seconds. At the Bislett Games in July he ran 10.13 in the heats and then took second behind Linford Christie, running 10.15 seconds into a headwind.
Powell received a three-month ban from competition for a doping offense as his test was positive for the stimulant ephedrine. He was disqualified from participating in the 1995 World Championships in Athletics.
In January Powell finished second by .01 s to Donovan Bailey in the 60 m at the Montreal Grand Prix. He had previously finished second to Bailey in the 50 m one week prior in Hamilton, and second again two days later in the 60 m behind Bruny Surin.
Later in January, he won the 60 m at the Boston Indoor Games, in 6.64 s.
He won the 60 m at the Atlanta US Indoor Championships in 6.55s in March.
Powell won the May Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava. His time of 10.13 is listed as the sixth fastest in the history of the event.
After the 1996 season his form declined and he did not manage to run under 10.20 seconds for the rest of his career. Slowest out of the starting blocks, Powell finished sixth in his second round heat of the 100 m at the Athens World Championships in 10.35 s, and did not progress to the next round. The Jamaican team did not start the first heat of the 4 × 100 m relay, for which Powell was supposed to run first leg.
In the February Stockholm Indoor Meeting Powell finished fourth in the 60 m final, in 6.68 s.
At the Sprint Invitational Track & Field Meet in January Powell finished fourth in heat one of the 60 m, in 6.78 s.
Powell ran the first leg of the 4 × 100 m relay in round one of competition at the Sydney Olympics. The team qualified for the semi-final with a time of 38.97 and eventually finished fourth in the final without Powell running a leg.
In August Powell finished fourth in 10.44 in the 100 m in Lappeenranta, Finland.
In February Powell won his heat of the University of Houston/Runsport All-Comers meet. His 60 m time was 6.88s.
Powell finished seventh in the 100 m at the Jamaica National Championships in June, his time 10.31 s.
At the CAC Championships in Guatemala City Powell finished seventh in the 100 m, his time 10.51 s. The 4 × 100 m relay team qualified with the second fastest time but recorded a DNF in the final.
Post competition life
His personal best in the 50 m event is the second fastest time by a Jamaican.
|50 metres||5.64||Liévin, France||3 June 1995|
|60 metres||6.51||Atlanta, United States||2 March 1996|
|100 metres||10.07||Knoxville, United States||3 June 1995|
|200 metres||20.83||Cayenne, French Guiana||4 May 2002|
All information taken from IAAF profile.
In 2002 one of Donovan's brothers, Michael Powell, was shot dead in a taxi in New York.
In 2003 Donovan lost another brother, Vaughn Powell, who suffered a fatal heart attack while playing a game of American Football.
|1989||CARIFTA Games (U-20)||Bridgetown, Barbados||2nd||100 m||10.64|
|1st||4 × 100 m relay||40.4|
|1990||CARIFTA Games (U-20)||Kingston, Jamaica||—||100 m||DNS|
|1st||200 m||21.42 (-3.7 m/s)|
|Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-20)||Havana, Cuba||1st||100 m||10.48 (-0.1 m/s)|
|2nd||4 × 100 m relay||40.66|
|World Junior Championships||Plovdiv, Bulgaria||5th||100m||10.44 (wind: +0.6 m/s)|
|7th||4 × 100 m relay||40.06|
|1997||World Championships||Athens, Greece||6th (qf)||100 m||10.35 (-0.3 m/s)|
|—||4 × 100 m relay||DNS|
|2000||Olympic Games||Sydney, Australia||4th (h)||4 × 100 m relay||38.97|
- CARIFTA GAMES (UNDER 20 MEN)
- The Daniel England Story - Little Warrior finds comfort in a different world Archived 20 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- Donoval Powell IAAF profile
- Former National Champion talks about career at TCU
- Championship Results
- Best disqualified results of track & field
- What really are the best 100m performances?
- 1995 - 100 metres toplists. Liste mondiali stagionali maschili. Retrieved on 2010-08-30.
- Former National Champion talks about career at TCU - Donovan Powell was a two-time National Champion., CBS Interactive, 8 June 2008, retrieved 25 March 2012
- Rowbottom, Mike (1995-08-04). Athletics: Radford's rousing speech sways IAAF. The Independent. Retrieved on 2010-08-30.
- Harvey, Randy (1995-08-03). Two Sprinters Out of World Championships. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2010-08-30.
- Bailey takes out sprint series[permanent dead link]
- 1996 Boston Indoor Games results
- All Time marks of Golden Spike
- Powell Donovan. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-08-30.
- 1997 world championship 100 m second round results Archived 2 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
- 1997 world championship 4x100 m first round results Archived 4 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
- Texas A&M All-Comers -- Men's results[permanent dead link]
- Commonwealth Rankings August 1998
- Stockholm Indoor Meeting '99
- 60 m result, 1999 IAAF World Indoor Championships Archived 4 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
- Sprint Invitational Track & Field Meet results
- Athletics at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games: Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay
- Plus: Track and Field -- Texas Relays
- Meet results, Eliittikisat Archived 31 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- UH/Runsport All-Comers results
- Jamaica National Junior & Senior Athletic Championship
- CAC Championships 2001 complete results - all rounds
- Former Olympic sprinter to come to Yourspace
- 2000 Olympian Donovan Powell will be in Maine conducting speed enhancement sessions.[permanent dead link]
- 50 Metres All Time
- Asafa Powell pre-Beijing profile
- Death and defeat still stalking Asafa Powell
- Court date for man charged with murder of Asafa Powell's uncle Archived 27 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine.