André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Two of Jamaica's biggest sprinting stars, Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt - the men who anchored Jamaica to 4x100m relay world records at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and last year's IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea - believe that Jamaica can lower the record regardless of the team's order.
Powell led Jamaica to a blistering 37.10 seconds in Beijing along with Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Bolt, while the latter was on the anchor leg in Daegu, powering the team to 37.04 seconds with Yohan Blake, Carter and Frater on the other legs.
Powell had earlier announced that he would not be participating at the World Championships because of injury.
With the pair expected to be joined by Blake and either Carter or Frater, and with a strong US team also in the hunt, many are expecting the Jamaicans to become the first team in history to dip below 37 seconds in the 4x100m relay, and Powell believes it's possible, while making it clear that he and his teammates are not too bothered by any other team.
"We can definitely go lower than 37 seconds," said Powell with authority. "We are running against the clock, we are not focusing on anyone, we know we have the team to do something special.
"We have 36 seconds in mind, but we have to get the stick around, and once we get it around we can definitely break the record," Powell added.
Powell and Bolt noted that they would be quite comfortable to run whichever leg is deemed best for the team, with Bolt once again stating that under the right circumstances he would consider also running the 4x400m for his country.
Said Powell, "Once I'm on the team I am fine; first, second, third, fourth leg, doesn't matter, once I'm on that team I will be fine."
"Over the years, I have run a couple of the legs," Bolt chipped in. "I've run the third leg in Beijing because that was the best place for me on the team, so it all depends on what is needed from me and what's necessary, because at the end of the day you want to win and to run as fast as possible."
Bolt added: "For the 4x400m, I don't know, it's always a case at championships where, if I feel like I am up to it, then why not? If I still feel good after the 100m and 200m and I'm in peak condition, if push comes to shove for my country I would do it if it's necessary."
Jamaica have won the men's 4x100m at the last three major track and field championships - Beijing Olympics, 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin and the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu.