Powell tries new regime to win elusive gold

Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:20am EST
 
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By Kayon Raynor

KINGSTON (Reuters) - Jamaica’s Asafa Powell, who has struggled to produce form his best at major championships, believes a change in coach and a new approach to training will improve his fortunes.

The sprinter who held the 100m world record between 2005 and 2008 before compatriot Usain Bolt lowered it to 9.58 seconds believes he can rediscover his form and improve his personal best of 9.72.

“Anything is possible. Justin Gatlin surprised me last year… he ran his personal best times of (9.77 & 19.68) at age 32,” said Powell, who ended 2014 as the fastest Jamaican with 9.87 seconds after serving a six-month drug suspension for using the banned stimulant Oxilofrine.

“I think I’m capable of doing a lot more than most of the sprinters out there… My best is yet to come, so it’s just to be patient,” said Powell who is eyeing gold at this year's world championships in Beijing.

“I feel a lot stronger, I’m a lot more focused and I think I’m smarter now, so I know what it takes to do it. It’s just to put myself out there and do what I’m supposed to do,” added the man who has run a world-record 84 times under 10 seconds.

Powell’s brother Donovan, a 100m quarter-finalist at the 1997 world championships, is backing his 32-year-old sibling to add gold to his two bronze medals from 2007 and 2009.

“Nothing is impossible, 32 is the year you really get to put everything together,” he told Reuters.

“We are doing different things… He’s really working hard to achieve the 9.72 he ran a few years ago and I personally think if he keeps focused and remains healthy, he can do it,” he said.   Continued...

 
Jamaica's Olympic runner Asafa Powell, who tested positive for doping at the Jamaican Championships in 2013, takes a lunch break on the first day of his hearing before the country's anti-doping commission in Kingston January 14, 2014. REUTERS/Gilbert Bellamy