Asafa Powell sees nothing wrong with the false start rule that knocked his fellow Jamaican team-mate and world record holder Usain Bolt out of the final of the men’s 100m at the weekend.
Bolt was disqualified from the highlighted sprint event at the World Championships in Daegu, on Sunday, which saw a flood of calls for the one false-start rule to be changed.
However, Powell said there is nothing wrong with the rule – adding that no one would have been calling for a change if it didn’t happened to Bolt.
So, what if it was Yohan Blake?
Powell said: “People want it [to] be changed, but it’s fine the way it is. It’s up to you to wait for the gun, no matter what the rule is.
“I don’t think people should be looking into the rule too much. If it was someone else, maybe if it was Yohan Blake, no one would make a big deal of it.”
And Powell, who pulled out of the championships with a groin injury – was also a victim of a false-start rule – and he believes its just part of the sport.
“I wasn’t embarrassed,” Powell said about missing his share of big races, which he thinks deprived the fans who paid to see them.
“People get injured, people false start, people get DQs. It’s just a sport.”