Powell's agent, Paul Doyle, said, "People are going to talk about the wind
gauge, but I was standing at the 70-meter mark and it felt relatively
earned him a $100,000 bonus from the IAAF, track's international governing
body, $30,000 from the Qatar national association and an undisclosed bonus from
Nike, his shoe company and apparel sponsor. His appearance fee for competing in
international meets will soar past six figures.
heightens anticipation of the first 2006 meeting between Gatlin and Powell, who
will become the first sub-9.80 sprinters to line up in the same race. It is
unclear when the two will square off, but Nehemiah and Doyle appear intent on
milking the public's interest as long as possible and for maximum value.
"You come down a road like this one time," says Nehemiah. "You've
got to manage it properly. You can't give the race away, financially, and you
can't dilute it by racing too often."
"We're thinking that three races is the optimal number for this
The first of
those will come no earlier than July 3 in Athens and could come as late as July
28 in London. Also, Nehemiah and Doyle are in discussions to stage a race at a
Las Vegas casino in August.
plans only to run faster. "Before the year is over, 9.72 at least," he
said on Sunday. Gatlin had already heard that Powell had told reporters that
the record was "borrowed." Gatlin laughed at that one. "Then I'll
tell you what," he said. "It's going to be a long loan."