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Jamaica the nation to beat, says Powell

CONFIDENT: Asafa Powell

ASAFA POWELL, who will extend his lead at the top of the Samsung Diamond League standings with a win in the 100m on Sunday, believes the Jamaicans are the sprint nation to beat at the moment and insists the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix can provide him with the race experience to beat World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt when they meet in South Korea.

For the first time ever a Samsung Diamond League meeting takes place in the Midlands and in front of a sell-out 12,700 crowd at the newly refurbished Birmingham Alexander Stadium on July 10.

“The season’s going well so far,” said the Olympic and World gold medallist. “It’s always good going to the Championships with a very fast time. At least you know you are in very good shape.

“I'm biased, but the Jamaicans are the people to beat. Michael Frater is running very well and Nesta Carter is in good form. Those guys are definitely running very well.

“Anyone can be beaten. You’ve just got to go out there, run your own race and be the best man on that day. Looking ahead to this race, whenever it’s outside in the UK I think cold, but hopefully it won’t be too cold. Whatever it is I’ll be ready for it.”

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