Powell plots sub-10 century at home
Despite not winning a global men's title, former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell says his current aim is getting a historic 100th sub 10 seconds clocking in front of his home fans in Kingston, Jamaica.
With 97 sub 10 seconds to his credit, Powell could achieve this milestone.
He is slated to compete at the Jamaica International Invitational Meet, the Racers Grand Prix and the National Trials.
He could run a total of five races on home soil.
"I hope to be running that (100th sub 10) at home, and it will mean the world to me to do this where it all started," Powell told The Star in an interview.
Meanwhile, at last weekend's Inaugural Grenada Invitational held at the renamed Kirani James Stadium in St George's, Grenada, Powell clocked 10.18 seconds (0.7 m/s) to win the men's 100m race ahead of Andrew Fisher of Bahrain (10.26 seconds) and Barbados' Levi Cadogan (10.27 seconds).
This year, Powell says his focus is on an active season, while staying healthy.
"My approach is to focus on my health, execution, and running a solid race. People can see me in Doha (Diamond League) next then possible the world relays in The Bahamas, then of course trials" he added.
Powell wants to give it his best shot at in every race, including the Diamond League circuit, where he could lock horns with other top athletes.
"My fitness level is good, as training is going well, and of course at this time of the year it is early season and I am excited to get on the track and shake my legs out," he added.
The Jamaican previously held the men's 100m record from June 2005 and May 2008, with times of 9.77 and 9.74 seconds.
Powell is the holder of two 100m bronze medals at the Osaka and Berlin IAAF World Championships in 2007 and 2009, respectively.