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Powell, world's fastest man, aims to improve his record

Powell, world's fastest man, aims to improve his record

Asafa Powell, the world's fastest man, hopes to lower his 100-meter world record from 9.77 seconds to 9.75 this year.
"If I run 9.75, I would feel very happy and satisfied with that," Powell said.
He will run a competitive 100 for the first time this year on Saturday, albeit as part of a 4x100 relay at the Gibson Relays in Kingston.
So far, he has ran in two 400 races in Jamaica, finishing fourth in January and winning last Saturday at the University of West Indies Invitational in a personal-best 47.17 seconds.
The 24-year-old sprinter said he was where he was supposed to be with his conditioning.
"Asafa has shown a new willingness to work hard ... and I think you can see it in his performances in the distance races," his coach Stephen Francis said.
He added that Powell's 400 races were one more than he ran in 2005 and 2006.
"Running the 400 is mainly for strength work," Powell said. "To run the 100 and 200 races, you need that strength to finish strong in the last 50 or 100 meters. I feel a lot stronger, though I don't know really how to run the 400 yet, because I am a little bit scared as to how I am going to finish the race."
Francis said Powell will not compete again until April at the Mount San Antonio College Relays, followed by the Penn Relays in May. His first 100 of the season may be in May at the Jamaica Invitational.
"I think this year is going to be a very good year for him, both in the 100 meters and 200 meters," Francis said.
Last year, Powell ran a record 12 sub-10-second 100s, and twice equaled his world record of 9.77.


Updated : 2021-10-19 19:11 GMT+08:00