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Asafa Powell believes now is the right time beat pal Usain Bolt

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.

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Gary Smith is one of the leading writers for He has over 10 years of running experience, as well as eight-years of coaching while covering several events, from the international to college level. Smith, who has covered events for publications such as Caribbean Net News, Cayman Net News, AFP and Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), is also a frequent contributor of and

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  1. walter fitzpatrick

    August 24, 2011 at 5:57 am

    while bolt is not at his scintillating best ,he is still the man to beat, if i recall bolt beat powell in his first race this year, the man who could upset the applecart is yohan blake not asafa, what happen to all the guys and gals on this website its deserted?

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