Motivated Asafa Powell targets 2020 Olympics, sets aside chase for 100 sub-10s

By November 19, 2019

Former 100-metre world record holder Asafa Powell says his focus for the upcoming season is to earn a spot on Jamaica’s team to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

With that goal in mind, he has put his quest to run the 100m in under 10 seconds, 100 times, on the back burner.

Powell, who turns 37 on November 23, has broken the 100-second barrier a record 97 times, but injuries over the past few seasons, have slowed him. The last time Powell managed to break 10 seconds for the 100m was in July 2016 when he ran 9.92 in Hungary.

Now healthier this offseason than he has been for the past few years, Powell said he has shifted his focus for 2020.

“My objective is to stay healthy and focus on training because it’s an Olympic year and stop thinking about achieving those last few sub10’s, once I’m healthy the sub10’s will follow,” he told Sportsmax.TV.

“I definitely want to be a part of the Olympic team and do my part to bring Team Jamaica’s sprinting back to the forefront.”

The 2009 World Championships 100m bronze medallist has a much brighter outlook than he had last June when he withdrew from the semi-final at the Jamaican National Championships because of yet another injury and ignited fears that he was about to call time on his career as one of the fastest men in history.

He finally shed some light on his decision to withdraw.

“I pulled out of the semi-finals because I didn’t want to make my injury worse. Leading up to the National trials my training was on and off because of injuries. But yes, I started running better towards the end of the season because I got to put in a bit of training while in Europe,” he said.

“In terms of health, I’m a lot better than I was last year this time. I would say last year I was 40 per cent this time but now I’m 75 per cent because I can put in a lot more work at training this off season.”

Married in February to the beautiful Alyshia Miller, Powell said his new wife and the son she gave birth to recently, as well as his other children, keep him motivated.

“Being a father again and getting married is a big step and a lot more motivation for me to push through my last few years in the sport for my family, for my country and for Team Jamaica,” he said.

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

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