By Gary Smith, World-Track
Jamaican sprinting star Asafa Powell has once again dismissed the proposed one off USA versus Jamaica Sprint Challenge the Americans requested after the Beijing Olympics last year.
The former 100 metres world record holder says the challenge was this year in Berlin.
“We had the challenge this year and we won,” Powell told reporters after arriving in the island at the weekend. “Every year is a challenge so there is no reason to have one specific meet for us because every year there is a challenge out there and we are winning them.
“I don’t think we need to have anything more.”
Jamaica dominated the sprint events at the last two major championships, first winning all the short sprints at the Olympics last year and then returned to do just about the same this year at the world championships in Berlin.
Triple Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt has been at the forefront of the tiny nation’s sprinting dominance in the past two seasons and Powell believes Jamaica will continue to dominate.
“We have put a big dent in the sprints which can’t be straightened out for now,” Powell, who was returning to the island for the first time since his 100m bronze medal performance in Berlin.
“We are just doing great things and it’s not going to stop. I said it last year, and saying it again, its not going to stop, we are going to still be out there dominating,” he added.
The future of the sprinting division on the men’s side is definitely in safe hands for years to come with the likes of Bolt, Powell and Tyson Gay, LaShawn Merritt and Jeremy Wariner leading the pack.
And it is likewise on the women’s side with Shelly Ann Fraser, Carmelita Jeter, Kerron Stewart, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Allyson Felix and Sanya Richards heading the list.