Powell issues warning - Star sprinter ready for World 100m gold
André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Jamaican sprinting star Asafa Powell, now in, Australia where he is headlining the 2013 Stawell Gift Festival, has warned that he is in good shape and will be going all out for the gold medal at this year's IAAF World Championships in Athletics.
The former world record holder over 100m, has seen his place atop the sprinting pile taken by compatriots, double world record holder and back-to-back Olympic sprint double champion Usain Bolt and 100m world champion Yohan Blake, but Powell will not walk quietly into the sunset.
The 30-year-old is making it clear that he is still determined to win his first individual gold medal at a major global championships and, after bronze medals at the 2007 and 2009 'Worlds', Powell is looking to upgrade his medal cabinet.
"I am definitely going for it this year, and hopefully over the next year I can bring it further," Powell said.
"We have a few more months to go, and anything can happen in a few months. We just have to be patient and make sure you are ready to compete, because if you are not 100 per cent, it is hard to really compete against the other guys that are running very fast and are ready to compete,'' he added.
"Our trials is a world championship itself, a lot of guys are running sub-10 seconds as well. It is very comforting to us to move on from the national trials to the world championship. It is more competitive with the Americans coming in," said Powell.
The MVP Track Club-based athlete has a long list of injury-related disappointments throughout his career, particularly his having to skip the 2011 World Championships because of a groin problem, as well as a meltdown in the 100m final at last year's London Olympic Games because of the same injury.
However, the sprinter said that he has been working well over the past few months and is now extremely excited to see what he will do this season.
"I've been working very hard after London,'' Powell said. "I went into recovery and then started training in October.
"I'm in good shape, if not the best yet, because I'm still in background training and I haven't really started speed training, but I'm strong right now and very excited to see what I can do on the track," He added. "If I wasn't in good shape, I don't think my coach would have allowed me to come here.''
Powell's record 88 sub-10 times are his calling card these days, and the sprinter is well aware that he will have to keep racking up those times if he is to remain relevant.
"The way the sport has changed, now you have to be running in the 9.7s or below 9.7s to really be very confident of being on the podium,'' he said.
"Everyone is improving, the sport is changing, there is a lot of development going on. I don't know what the future holds, but I know people can run very fast. I don't know if the record will be lower. I know my best is yet to come,'' he warned.
Powell first broke the 100m world
record in 2005 with a time of 9.77 before lowering that to his current
personal best of 9.74 in 2007.