Jamaican Sprinter Asafa Powell, who is fighting to make the best crack at major championships, believes, a new approach and change in coach will scale up his fortunes.
Powell, who is known for winning the IAAF world athletics finals, five times, held the 100m world record between 2005 and 2008 prior to fellow citizen Usain Bolt lowered it to 9.58 seconds believes he can rediscover his form and perk up his personal best of 9.72.
Anything is possible with fresh and good thought. Justin Gatlin surprised me last year, he ran is personal best times of (9.77 & 19.68) at age 32,” said Powell.
Compared to all sprinters out there, I wanted to give out my best and I think I’m capable of pulling it. My best is thus far to come, so I’m waiting patiently,” said Powell who is preparing himself and eying gold at this year’s world championships in Beijing.
Having boosted my energy levels and confidence I feel a lot stronger and more focused and smarter now, so, I know what it takes to do it. All I’ve to do is to be focused and put myself out there and do what I’m supposed to do, Powell told.
Powell’s brother Donovanis backing his 32-year-old sibling in order to add gold to his two bronze medals from 2007 and 2009- Donovanis is a 100m quarter-finalist at the 1997 world championships.
“Nothing is impossible, 32 is the year you really get to put the whole lot together,” he told Reuters.
“We are attempting to do different things, He’s in fact striving hard to accomplish the 9.72 he ran a few years ago and I personally think if he keeps fit and, he can do it,” he said.
Sooner than bidding for the hard to pin down 100m world title, the fifth fastest man in history is set to run three 60m indoors.
“The main spotlight is the trials first for the reason that is like a world championship by itself and then the world championships in China,” said Powell, in reference to the glut of Jamaican sprinters with sub-10 credentials.
The list includes Bolt, Yohan Blake, Nesta Carter, Kemar Bailey-Cole and Nickel Ashmeade.
As of now, I’ve nothing in my mind rolling over except winning the title and to make it, I’m trying to stay fit, focused and put in all the hard work and just win the gold in Beijing, Powell added.