COMPETITION: Asafa Powel
WITH TRIPLE Olympic champion Usain Bolt talking about his plans to try and win the 100m in an ‘inhumanly possible’ 9.4 seconds, many believe that the Gold medal in this event is already a foregone conclusion.
However, former world-record holder Asafa Powell is hoping to produce a sprint shock and knock the ‘world’s fastest man’ from his perch.
29-year-old Powell , who held the world record from June 2005 until May 2008 with times of 9.77 and 9.74s respectively, has not won a medal at a major championships for three years and his 2011 season was cut short by injury.
He has been running indoors in a bid to prepare for the Olympics and despite being extremely confident before the 60m Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham earlier this month, he had to make do with third place behind compatriots Lerone Clarke and Nesta Carter.
Jamaica have a mouth-watering array of talent in their ranks, with world champion Yohan Blake and Michael Frater also in the mix but Powell, who could struggle to even make the team, believes anything is possible at the Games and is not intimidated by the threat his countrymen hold:
“I’m in good shape but anything can happen. We’re working hard and hopefully I can make sure I am not second best in London,” the sprinter said.
“There are a lot of new guys so it is not getting any easier [to win titles] and I definitely have to work hard. But it keeps it interesting that there are more guys there to compete."