While some track and field fans might remember him as a former men’s100m world record holder, others may know him as the ‘sub 10 king.’
However, popular Jamaican sprinter, Asafa Powell considers himself an inspiration, and “as one of the greatest runners that ever lived.”
Thirty-four-year-old Powell is a former 100m World record holder, who remains just shy of setting an unprecedented century of sub 10 second clocking in the 100m event.
He is currently on 98, and a feat the athlete is especially looking to run in Jamaica, given he will have a number of events; including the Jamaica International Invitational Meet (JIIM) in May, and the Racer’s Grand Prix and National Senior Athletic Championships, dubbed trials in June.
(Jamaican sprinter and former world record holder Asafa Powell)
“I hope to be running that at home, and it will mean the world to me to do this where it all started,” he said.
Responding to the question of how he wants to be remembered as an athlete, Powell confirmed: “as one of the greatest runners that ever lived and one that can inspire upcoming sprinters.”
Once Powell remains injury free, he feels there will be no stopping him from achieving his century of sub 10 seconds, and ultimately go down in history as one of sprinting’s greats.
Meanwhile, at the recent Inaugural Grenada Invitational held at the renamed Kirani James Stadium in St George’s, Grenada, Powell clocked 10.18 seconds (0.7 m/s) to win the men’s 100m race ahead of Andrew Fisher of Bahrain (10.26 seconds) and Barbados’ Levi Cadogan (10.27 seconds).
“I am hoping for an injury free and healthy season, I’m just focused on executing my best race,” he explained.
The Jamaican previously held the men’s 100m record from June 2005 and May 2008, with times of 9.77 and 9.74 seconds.
Powell is the holder of two 100m bronze medals at the Osaka and Berlin IAAF World Championships in 2007 and 2009, respectively.
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