Don't write me off says Powell

May 14, 2016
@Normal:FLOW ladies (from left) Kecia Taylor, legal and regulatory counsel; Rochelle Cameron, vice-president, Legal and Regulatory; and Kayon Wallace, director of corporate communications and stakeholder management, share a moment with sprinter Asafa Powell following his win at the Jamaica International Invitational Meet at the National Stadium on Saturday.
@Normal:Asafa Powell (right) wins the men's 200m at Saturday's Jamaica International Invitational meet at the National Stadium. Powell clocked 20.45 seconds. The United States' Beejay Lee (left) was second in 20.52 seconds.

Sub-10 100m sprint king Asafa Powell has warned critics not to write him off, ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this summer.

The veteran 34-year-old retains optimism of landing an individual Olympic medal.

Powell is yet to win a global individual title and admitted time is going on his career.

About to run what might be his last Olympics, Powell is hoping to finally stake his claim on the individual podium in either the 100m or 200m.

"Time is running off and I have been running the 100m for years now and, most of the sprinters they double, so I am gonna give it a shot," Powell said.

"Just a lot more focus on the 200m that's the only thing new right now, and I am healthy," he told STAR Sports following his Jamaica International Invitational Meet 200m win last Saturday.

Despite critics saying the Jamaican is an underachiever and seemingly past his best sprinting form, Powell said he still has a lot to prove.

"I know that I have a lot more in me, that's why I am not giving up. I know I have a lot more in me," the athlete reiterated.

Powell ran a season's-best 20.45 seconds, bettering his 20.51 seconds at an outing in Texas last month.

"Honestly, I don't remember how to run the 200m so it's a work-in-progress. Hopefully, by the national trials I will get there. This will help to motivate me," he said, adding that he wants to have a fantastic year, and just enjoy himself.

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