Asafa Powell ready to take page from Bolt’s performance book

By Gary Smith, World-Track

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Asafa Powell of Jamaica

Asafa Powell has admired the way Usain Bolt quickly adopted to performing under pressure and vows to take a page out of his fellow Jamaican countryman book.

With all eyes on him in Beijing last summer, Bolt landed the Olympic Games sprint double with world record times before returning the following year to emulate the feat at the World Championships.

And he did the latter under immense pressure, as the world demanded something special — a request they received in some style.

These accomplishments opened the eyes of Powell, who in return, heaped praises on his teammate and good friend.

“Bolt really knows how to perform under pressure,” Powell said after recovering from injuries to win a bronze medal at the world championships last month. “I need to take a page out of his book.”

Powell, the former 100metres world record holder before being replaced by Bolt two seasons ago, carried the weight of his country for several seasons until the Bolt revolution.

The 27-year-old started favourite to win gold at several major titles during his remarkable time at the top, but failed to delivered on the day — evidently losing focus midway through the races.

But with the pressure off his shoulders with Bolt stepping up to share the burden, Powell says he can now relax and have fun.

This came from the two-time world bronze medallist who once questioned his ability to race on the big stages, after saying: “Who knows? Maybe I’m not the guy for those big championships but just the guy to compete in the Grand Prix and Golden League meetings. It’s just unfortunate.”

However, after watching his pre-race show and then his actual performance at the world championships in Berlin last month, it is evident that he has already learned how to deal with the global championships.

Several set backs, including an ankle problem that put him on the sidelined for six weeks prevented Powell from troubling his personal best of 9.72seconds, set last year after the Olympic Games in Beijing.

He accepted his beatings this season, which came frequently from American Tyson Gay, but said next year will definitely be a different season, once he gets back to full fitness.

And Gay himself, who complained of a sore groin during this year believes he will go even faster than his American record of 9.69secs, once he returns to good health.

The pair will, however, start has minors to Bolt, who is the Olympic and world champion and the world record holder in both the 100m and 200m sprints.

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53 thoughts on “Asafa Powell ready to take page from Bolt’s performance book”

  1. asafa powell shut the f*** up you will never beat usain bolt you and tyson gay can challenge for second place asafa you are a disapointment to track and field you are a BITCH LOSER BIG GAL jamaica biggest disapointment f**king EDIOT

  2. This is so uncalled for. Asafa deserves so much more than what this first respondent had to offer. whoever you are. Go back to just 2005, when Asafa, the now four time world champion dominated the world in the 100 metres. in an arena still populated by steroids takers this man was able to rise above and bestow pride unto his country like no other athlete has before him. Asafa is the only man to post a world record clocking four times in his career. a feat which may never be duplicated. last but not least he was the first jamaican to prove that homegrown talent has what it takes to conquer the world. This man is in my opinion, one of the greatest athletes of all time and surely the second greatest 100m sprinter of all time. Asafa’s 9.72 in Rieti with a wind of 0.4m/s is a better quality race than Tyson’s 9.71 in Berlin with a wind of 0.9m/s. it is also, easily a better quality race than Tyson Gays 9.69 in a wind of 2.0m/s. that because I’m a numbers junkie. i like numbers because numbers don’t lie….people do. I Am a huge fan of Tyson Gay, but for a man that has never won an olympic medal and has never held the title of world fastest man, he gets a lot more respect than Asafa. Asafa Runs injured as much as anyone and does not complain. He ran his entire 2009 season with an injured ankle and did not complain. everyone heard about Tyson gays Groin even thouh he clearly wasn’t bothered by it. Tyson Gay himself repeatedly stated that his groin did not bother him when he runs, yet so much was made of it. Despit injury, Asafa did not back down from any race in 2009. He went out and ran even if it meant he would settle for last. he may have dissappointed many people but I respected that about him.

  3. waynef i think what uv said holds merit u know @ one point tyson used 2b if not my favourite sprinter i think others share this sentement but u know what soak him his constant brandishing of his groin injury waynef u ever have one? u caan even run much less walk it made him look like he was dodging bolt but was more than willing 2 face asafa i love asafa but one of his weaknesses is his mental state im hoping that he will get 2 a point where he can move past the barriers & put out the performances that he has had in the past. persons like myself have hoped that asafa has the talent 2 beat some of his less gifted opponent but have been disappointed but not to the point of contempt.
    i wonder if some persons realise that asafa is in the the 2008 guiness book of records.

  4. ASAFA IS A CLASS-ACT. YES HE HAS A FEW DEMONS TO EXORCISE BUT HE IS A CHAMPION, AND NO VERBAL VENOM CAN TAKE THAT AWAY. HE IS A HUMBLE AND DIGNIFIED HUMAN BEING EVEN WHEN HE IS ON TOP. THAT IS A TRUE TESTAMENT OF CLASS!!! I SIMPLY ADORE HIM.

  5. hi cvivenne mami, for real man i adore that guy on & off track me really hope se he can get past those demons & surge ahead i leave the others who r not as talented in the dust

  6. I’m more than confident that Asafa’s best days are ahead of him, not behind. I feel the same way about the vast majority of jamaican pro sprinters.
    …Welcome back Mickey….I knew you would come out of hiding sooner or later.

  7. Waynef, !’ve been waiting on you bro, your long winded comments make me laugh, but thank god for ‘em! And yes, it’s good to be back!

  8. fi all the haters and un appreciative people .all asafa has to do is get healthy and start runnig the 9.7s consistently AGAIN you will see if he cant beat bolt somtimes and gay all the time. gay need to thant the wind and REAL injuries that asafa had suffered.

  9. you know what buttah them 2 badmind im beginning 2 sound like a broken record the man inna guiness book & him never fake any injury their hero is a coward

  10. asafa FLAP powell not going to win nothing dat pu**yhole dissapoint mi all de f**king time mi dun wid asafa powell him a loser cry baby BITCH i learn from my mistakes mi lose nuff money a bet pon de battyboy fi win mi nah lose nuh more mi AMERICAN friends dem always a laught at mi and tek mi money when him lose like a likkle gal bout him groin him ankle him batty him nose him toe him head him every BLOODCLAAT ting HIM TOO LIE alright i get it he his a good athlete he broke world records i didnt know about the guinese book but he is always dissapointing me i was one of his BIGGEST fans until the GREAT THE MIGHTY THE HONURABLE USAIN LIGHTING BOLT came along but i have to give him his RATINGS for the records he broke he always loses at a major event when all JAMAICANS and the WORLD are watching him but alright alright alright alright he did alot for jamaica sorry for being so harsh in the first comment and the one i am writng now USAIN BOLT have not dissapointed me since i am the one now laughing and taking my friends MONEY i am on the BOLT BANDWAGON now sorry asafa but i respect you still but stop losing so much you did alot for jamaica you are not a dissapointment SORRY ASAFA BIG UP JAMAICA STRAIGHT ASAFA YOU ARE THE FIRST BIG UP

  11. SORRY SORRY SORRY IF I OFFENDED ANYBODY IN MY COMMENT SOMETIMES I AM LIKE THAT DISS SOMEBODY AND FEEL BAD ABOUT IT LATER BIG UP ASAFA POWELL AND THE THINGS YOU DID FOR JAMAICA STRAIGHT BUT I WAS JUST ANGRY YOU MADE US KNOW ABOUT WORLD RECORDS YOU MADE US PROUD ASAFA YOUR THE FIRST I ALMOST FORGOT ABOUT WHAT YOU DID BECAUSE OF USAIN BOLT EVERY BODY IS TALKING ABOUT HIM

  12. Hey….I am Lorraine Cummings and i want to ask (f**k asafa powell) to please cool it with all the unfriendly languages in you posts….in addition to you user name

    Thanks
    World-Track.org

  13. SORRY for my language if i offended anybody i was just upset at the moment and WAYNEF SHUT UP I SAID I AM SORRY

  14. waynef you nemisis mickey come from under the rock whey him deh mickey go chat to your friend mitch and go look up the facts pan page 217 that is two hundred and seventeen in the book or http://www.guinessworldrecords.com and guess who him a friggin dust you friend tyson gay hello please mickey i dont talk what i dont know before so i dont talk.

  15. I have never seen such poorly written, basically illiterate, blog posts. Please take the time to learn how write at least at a third grade level before posting.

  16. jonjay you need to learn how to write, you written please take the time to learn how write. HOW WRITE , HOW WRITE. you a made a fool out of yourself coming here talking about illiterate blog post, only kids in third grade and lower make those mistake

  17. good mickey that makes me one step ahead of you waynef and others have understood exactly what iv posted that makes me one step ahead of you lol. ok let me make it easier 4u ur the nemesis everytime he posts u pop up (2) the facts are that asafa has made the guiness book 2008 records on page 217 the rest you will have 2 figure out sweetie

  18. Minnie Please, LMAO, haha One step ahead???? WTF are you talking about? Let me share something with you little girl, I could care less about any facts that you may have to “bigup” your heroes. Again, “SWEETIE”… I don’t have nemesis!!!! LOL

  19. thanks 4 the compliment i feel young again lol. how many times do i have to get it through ur tough head that ur the nemis are u a little girl or what are u going 2 lift up ur frock & trace me like a sissy????????//

  20. HELLO HELLO HELLO, JONJAY ARE YOU THERE YET, HAVN’T YOU CRAWLED OUT OF YOUR SHELL YET OR ARE YOU TOO EMBARASS TO POST.YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE SCARED REMEMBER ONE THING NO ONE WILL SEE YOUR UGLY FACE. JUST DON’T GO ON ANYMORE SITES POSTING AND PRETENDING LIKE YOUR MR.PHD. BACHELORS DEGREE. SMARTY PANTS BECAUSE YOUR NOT. KATHY THE ONLY JOB THAT WORLD-TRACK IS GOING TO GIVE JONJAY IS TO PICK UP SOME GARBAGE AT THERE COMPANY…….JONJAY REMEMBER NEXT TIME LEARN “how write” BEFORE YOU POST……….” how write “………..” how write “……….hahahahahahaha …………….GOD BLESS……………….

  21. yow my youth, {f**k asafa powell} first of all you need to change your screen name, it’s not appropriate for this site, secondly, if your really a jamaican,i certainly think you can come up with a better screen name than that {f**k Asafa Powell} we are smart people you-know….any-way i take it that you don’t know much about track & field, so here is what i suggest…..just work with the race horse program seen…i think that will more fit your character….we have some very good commentators on this site….PC…..MINNIE….STACY…..MACKEY, and the two giants..the great WALTER FITZPATRICK and WAYNEF….F**k Afasa Powell…. personally i don’t even like to write your screen name…but if you would take time out and read these people that i’ve just mention comments on track & field athleles from time to time….i’m quite sure you will find more pleasure in reading it {track & field commeats} rather than writing one….REMEMBER, YOUR JAMAICAN…YOUR SOPPOSED TO BE SMART.

  22. Tonyroots,I changed my name from ” fuck asafa powell ” to asafa Powell and I am really embarass for writting that name, and for one I’m Jamaican, so if the name offended you and anybody else i’m sorry. I’m a 16 year old Jamaican student living in the USA and I know a little bit about track & field for my age, I know we jamaicans are smart, alot of jamaicans at my school is on honors role and the teachers say ( jamaicans and other caribbean island students ). are always ahead of the class and that we are very respectfull and smart . I use to attend ” CALABAR HIGH SCHOOL ” in jamaica and I don’t like horse racing, I hate it, it’s very boring to me, when I used to live in Jamaica I always see it on T.V.and I never liked it. Tonyroots the names you mentioned above about good commentators I will read some of there comments on track & field athletes ALRIGHT…………GOD BLESS JAMAICA……… DI LAND OF MI BIRTH ……………suh tonyroots just eeeeeeezzzzzzzz man yuh zzzzzzzzzeeeeeeee mi my youth.

  23. i like that, thats very good…i did not know you were sixteen my youth and so let me apologize for mintioning horse racing to you….and yes..if you read those peoples comment…you will learn a-lot…welcome and good luck.

  24. Tonyroots I accept your apology my brother and I will deffinetly read those people comments on track & field athelets,so respect mi friend…….god bless……..

  25. what do i think minnie…ok… let roots tell you what him really think…i think jeter got herself another SHELLY-ANN SHOCKER….this time it,s from Laverne…trust me minnie…she never saw this one comming…this one nock the panty off-a her…i think after the race,,,she went in the locker room and pissed herself and of course cursing in her mind…saying…dam…the portion was not enough. lol…minnie u-is-a mix-up.

  26. Yo dat dam asafa do suck in da big races cause he be a punk and choke lots. No body can beat usain or dat american dude tyson.

  27. Funny string, never use this, but LOL! Truth be told, we are all blessed to be living in this time to watch Asafa, Usain, and Tyson blaze down that track like men on fire. I’m an old man and ran in the 70′s when a 10.2 was considered amazing. And there were plenty of guys juicing up even then, believe me, but the great ones no. It was always the others trying to catch up by any means possible. So just appreciate God’s grace, to have blessed us so. Another time like this may not come in our lifetimes.

  28. your here bashing Asafa yet you use his name for your screen name, but its also good you made an apology one that i accepted. Many has forgotten all the good that this man has done for Jamaica over the years before Bolt emerge, all that Asafa needs to do is to be more focus and work harder and mentain mental fitness.

  29. Asafa Powell = Venus Williams
    They BOTH are just “TOO NICE”
    Talented, but not DRIVEN or FIERCE Competitors. Look at their eyes afterwards…
    I enjoy watching both but it can be frustrating to be one of their fans and watch them loose when they ONCE were in the lead.
    Here’s hoping Asafa can win a few this season over Bolt & Gay…any given race, it could happen!

  30. powell when you beat bolt at the world championships in korea you may have to defect to the united states there will be riots an u will be the most hated man in jamaica

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