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Powell eager for javelin attention

Published:Saturday | April 9, 2016 | 4:00 AMShayne Fairman
Powell

Jamaica's reigning men's national javelin record holder Orrin Powell wants the country to take notice of his talent as he seeks to become one of few Caribbean men to represent their country successfully in the event.

The 24-year-old final-year student at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport improved the national record to 75m earlier this season.

Powell has been working with coach Marlon Gayle, who is also a lecturer at the Spanish Town-based institution since 2012.

Gayle told The Gleaner that his charge wants eight metres to make the Olympic-qualifying mark, and he is confident Powell will be able to make the standard.

The athlete, however, feels that he has a lot more to learn on a technical level and hopes to use each stage as a building block to throw even further.

"Javelin is not really a Jamaican sport and something they prepare the youngsters for from a tender age, but since 2009, I started throwing.

"I didn't compete at Champs. I used to throw shot put, discus, and so on, and do long jump, 'cause I was well-rounded, but I wasn't a name at Champs," Powell told The Gleaner.

"I actually started throwing Javelin at G.C. Foster College in 2012, and I have made some significant improvements. In one year, I moved from 51m to 70.3m," he said.

HARD WORK, DEDICATION

Powell said with hard work and dedication he moved from 70 to 75 metres, adding: "I am hoping to be the second Caribbean athlete to throw over 80 metres like Keshorn Walcott (Trinidad and Tobago)."

Walcott is the London 2012 Olympic gold medallist in the event.

According to Powell, there has been next to little feedback since breaking the national record.

"No one has approached me in terms of making certain steps forward or to say that's good," he reasoned.

The athlete, while keeping an eye on the qualifying standard for the Olympic Games in Brazil this Summer, says his main focus is ensuring that he will be ready

in time for next year's World Championships in London.