Asafa Powell believes he’s the man to beat over the 100 metres at the IAAF World Championships, which starts in Daegu, South Korea this weekend.
Powell, a bronze medallist at the last two worlds, has the fastest time this season, at 9.78 seconds, and he believes now is the right time to win one over on fellow countryman Usain Bolt, who is the defending champion.
“I am the No 1 sprinter right now, I’ve got the fastest times this year, I would say I am the man to beat,” Powell said in the Dailymail.
“I haven’t been to a major championship feeling 100 per cent good before, and hopefully that’s going to happen this time,” added the former world record holder, who has also produced 9.86secs and 9.90 (twice), already this season.
Powell finished behind Bolt and American Tyson Gay at the last championships in Berlin, Germany in 2009.
It was a special occasion, as Bolt set a world record of 9.58 seconds for the gold.