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Powell: 'We can't break the world record'

By Gary Smith, World-Track

China Shanghai Golden Grand PrixSHANGHAI, China —

Former world 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell believes his chances of reclaiming his record from fellow countryman Usain Bolt is slowly looking faint given the form his successor is currently showing.

Powell last held the world record at 9.74seconds before being replaced by Bolt, who first lowered the mark with a stunning run of 9.72secs in May last year.

Bolt went on to erased the mark with an effortless 9.69secs run at the Olympic Games in Beijing last summer before shattering the mark when he out-classed a high profiled field to win the World Championships title in 9.58secs in Berlin.

Before that race, Powell, who finished third to Bolt, was confident of challenging the old standard, but after watching his Jamaican teammate power to another phenomenal run in Berlin, the once fastest man on earth is now less optimistic about breaking the record.

"We can’t break the world record but we can definitely try to get to as close as possible," Powell told a news conference on Saturday ahead of Sunday’s Shanghai Golden Grand Prix Meeting.

"Not every time that Usain goes on the track he’s going to win finally. He can be beaten. I’m doing harder to beat him and Tyson is doing harder to beat him; just have to give our best. "

Powell also plans to better his own performances in the 2010 season.

"Well, you know me and Tyson, we’ve been injured this year. I haven’t been able to put on my personal best yet," the Jamaican who owns a personal best of 9,72secs said.

"But next year, even if we can’t break the world record we’ll try our best for possibilities. So there are still wins and losses, and the question is who wins most."

In the meantime, American record holder and former world sprint double champion Tyson Gay was more buoyant about his chances of challenging Bolt’s record when he recovers fully from a groin injury.

"As long as I’m healthy and focused … I think I’m going to look at the record," Gay said on Saturday.

Despite running on an injured groin for the major part of the season, Gay managed to clock the third-fastest 100m times ever of 9.71secs to finish two-metres behind Bolt in Berlin, and he insists things will be different after his surgery after the end of his season.

"I will be fully healthy," he said. "Asafa will be fully healthy … so we’ll be able to put on better times and better races."

Put together by a member of the World-Track and Field Website team members. This is usually done by an in house member with able assistance from someone or an agency reporting from outside.



  1. speedy

    September 21, 2009 at 8:37 am

    i believe powell can run faster than 9.72 only if he can run a full 100m,no one can beat powell in the start ,this issue of him jogging the last meters should come to an end as he is no longer the fastest man on the planet.

  2. Blakenigel

    September 25, 2009 at 6:22 am

    What kind of “defeatist” attitude is that coming from Powell. His psychologist and coach should work on him some more. Asafa, you’re supposed to say:
    “I’ll be going for Bolt’s record next year. He’s on top now, but I’ll be the record holder again – I know I have it in me. I’ll be doing a lot more 180m – straights in training, since the 200m curve doesn’t favor my groin. I have the superior start over all my rivals, so we’ll be targeting the last 30 meters of my race more intently!”

  3. janice

    September 25, 2009 at 8:44 am

    how can powell speak for tyson gay has he lost his mind

  4. waynef

    September 25, 2009 at 11:52 am

    I hate to hear Powell Sound Like a quitter. he’s too young, too talented to be thinking like that, let alone talking like that. now I can see why he quits in half his races. His attitude is too childish. [Oh, I’m Not gonna win so I give up]. somebody need to give this guy some raatid “bitch slap” and tell im fi wake up.

  5. waynef

    September 25, 2009 at 11:54 am

    I agree with all the above comments.

  6. PC

    September 25, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    It time for Asafa to go to Glen Mills or to Tyson Gay’s coach. Clearly Franno has not succeeded with him. Sometimes a change is good.

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