RIETI, Italy _ Signalling he could be a man to watch in the sprints next year, Nigerian-born Qatar runner Femi Ogunode comfortably won the 100 metres in 9.93 seconds at the Rieti World Challenge meeting Sunday.
Two days ago at the Diamond League meet in Brussels, the 24-year-old Ogunode ran the same 9.98 time as Justin Gatlin _ although he finished second.
Gatlin withdrew from the Rieti meet after feeling a twinge in his left quad in Brussels, ending his season.
Asafa Powell set a then-world record of 9.74 at the Raul Guidobaldi stadium in 2007.
Elaine Thompson of Jamaica, the silver medallist at worlds, won the 200 in 22.59.