Seeing his picture on the front page of The New York Times, Powell had to sit down. "Every hour that passes, I realize more how important this is," he said.
Noting how rarely the long jump record changes hands, he said, "Give me a couple of years with it, please." But he would not rule out breaking it himself.
"I've had longer fouls," he said. "And now I know I can do 29 feet, not consistently, but legally. I'm a different jumper now. The other night..."
Powell paused, to find the right words. "...I stepped into a different realm."