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November 30, 2012
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Asafa's new plan
Leighton Levy, Star Writer

A forlorn Asafa Powell.

Coming off a season that promised so much but like so many others ended with injury and disappointment, former 100-metre world record holder Asafa Powell is adopting a brand new approach to his background preparation for the 2013 track season that will feature the IAAF World Athletic Championships in Russia next August.

Like so many other seasons before, Powell had promised much early this past season but as is now becoming the norm, he was derailed by a groin injury that saw him being unable to contend for a medal in the short sprint in the London Olympics 100-metre final or even being a member of Jamaica's powerful sprint relay squad that won gold in world record time. Opting to avoid corrective surgery for the injured groin, the man who has more sub-10 times than anyone else in history chose rest and greater commitment to training as his alternative.

"It has been going well," he said of his training so far. "At the start of this background season we have been doing a lot of work because this is a very important part of my preparation."


Powell reveals that even his coach Stephen Francis is not leaving anything to chance this season.

"I have been putting in the work. Coach, for the first time, has been with me in the gym every day making sure I do all the exercises and do them correctly," he said.

Based on what he has accomplished so far, Powell feels this could be a good season coming up, one that he has to be prepared for. Not only does he have to contend with Usain Bolt, the six-time Olympic gold medallist and world record holder for the 100 and 200-metre sprints, Powell will also have to deal with the likes of 2011 world champion Yohan Blake, Michael Frater and Nesta Carter, the fifth fastest man in history and rising stars like Kemar Bailey-Cole, and that's just on the home front. As he ages, he recognises that to remain among the best he has to be in the best of shape.

"It's getting competitive out there so we have to be at our best, we have to prepare. We have to raise our game," he said, acknowledging that his days of shirking training are behind him.

"Training has always been rough. Sometimes you want to give up. You want to stop but we are focusing on a lot of difficult areas."

Coach Francis too, has raised his game.

"Coach did some research and I don't know where he gets the exercises from but they're killing us but we're pushing through it and we hope we get to see the results in the end."

Asafa's new plan

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