Sprint relay men have world record potential - Frater

August 05, 2016
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Double Olympic gold medal winner Michael Frater says Jamaica's 2016 men's sprint team is a strong one with world record potential. Speaking in Kingston last week, Frater described the team as having a lot of experience and pinpointed former world record holder Asafa Powell as a possible first leg runner on the 4x100 metre team.

As he considered a unit that will include Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Nickel Ashmeade, Jevaughn Minzie, Asafa Powell and Kemar Bailey-Cole, Frater was optimistic about their chances as a team at the Olympic .

"I think the team is, I think, a very strong team," he said.

Frater ran the second leg when Jamaica set world records of 37.10, 37.04 and 36.84 seconds at the 2008 Olympics, the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Olympics respectively.

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"I'm not sure it's as strong as the teams before, but it is a very strong team capable of breaking the world record as well."

According to Frater, the running order of the team will be critical.

"If they actually set out the team correctly, I think that they have a good chance of duplicating that. In my head, if Asafa is healthy and possibly running start leg that's a huge advantage for them," he said.

"He's actually one of, maybe the best starter to grace track and field, so I think once they get a good start and can run comfortable," he added.

He has his eyes on Canada, which he describes as the dark horse team. Noting that the Canadians clocked 38.17 seconds without top sprinter Andre DeGrasse at the London Diamond League meet.

"DeGrasse wasn't on the team and they actually ran 38.17 so I think they are a very dangerous team," he said.

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