'I just didn't have the legs' - Powell
"I have a bullet in my gun, and I'm going to use it tonight."
That's what Usain Bolt said to Asafa Powell moments before he went on to retain his 100-metre title at the World Championships in Beijing, China, yesterday.
It was a sweet night for Bolt, who overcame a so-so season to post 9.79 seconds and beat rival Justin Gatlin, 9.80, into second place, with youngsters Trayvon Bromell and Andre De Grasse both posting 9.92 to share the bronze.
However, it was misery for Powell, who again failed to live up to expectations, finishing seventh in 10.00 seconds flat and ending his hope of adding to his two World Championships 100m bronze medals.
Powell, who was full of praise for Bolt, said he simply did not have the legs and admitted that it will be even more difficult to shake his reputation of not producing his best when it matters most.
"I just didn't have the legs to finish the race. I just need to go back and focus on getting my start back. I lost that and just didn't have the legs to finish," said Powell.
"I'm very disappointed because I should have been in the top-three tonight, and I just didn't pull it off.
"I have been having a great season, and I think the expectations were high for me at this World Championships, and it's one more disappointment added to all those before, and I just need to go back to the drawing board and focus on running a full race," Powell assessed, before addressing his reputation.
"I hope I can move on from that. It has been going on for a while now, and I definitely hope I can pull it off one day. I felt very confident at the start of the race, I thought I had more left in me, but when the gun went off I just could not get going," said Powell.
"Everyone wanted Justin (Gatlin) to lose tonight, and Usain managed to pull it off, and I am very happy about that. I'm not surprised; once you have it, you can't lose it. There are some athletes that have to run themselves into shape, but once it's there it's there," said Powell.