Settled Asafa ready to deliver
Having recently tied knot with his long time girlfriend and Canadian model Alyshia Miller, former 100m record holder Asafa Powell believes he could capture the 100m gold medal at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, this year.
The powerfully built sprinter says with his mind settled, having found the love of his life, he can find the drive to go after a global 100m title that has evaded him all his career.
"She is very supportive and I am very happy, and, hopefully, this can really give me the edge that I need," said Powell.
The MVP athlete has been plagued with injuries for the past two seasons as he tries to become the first man in history to register 100 sub-10 seconds runs.
"I am not overworking myself. I am taking it down a notch because every time I try to reach to another level, I get injury," he said.
"I am just learning to back off and I am learning about my body a lot more and know when it is time to back off and when it is time to go."
The 36-year-old Powell, who twice holds the world 100m with times 9.77 seconds and 9.74 seconds, noted that once he stays injury free, then the sky is the limit for him this season.
"Honestly, my main goal is to stay healthy because once I stay healthy, anything is possible after that. My main goal is just to stay healthy and just continue training hard," said Powell, who captured back-to-back bronze medals in the men's 100m at the 2007 and 2009 World Championships in Osaka, Japan, and in Berlin, Germany.
In his first individual race of the season, Powell clocked a slow 53.11 seconds to finish 37th overall in the men's 400m at the John Wolmer track and field meet at the National Stadium last Saturday. Powell's time was well off his personal best of 45.49 seconds. However, despite this, Powell said he was pleased with his outing.
"I just wanted to blowout the system a little because I wasn't running to beat any time or ran a personal best," he said. I just wanted to go around the track and cross the finish line," Powell said.