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British sprinters are lazy - Powell
Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell says the reason British sprinters are not challenging on the track is because they are lazy.
Powell, who is due to race in the 100m at the London Grand Prix on Friday, believes athletes in his native Jamaica have a greater desire to succeed.
"I've said over the years that British sprinters are very lazy and don't really want to practise," he said.
"Maybe it's comfort. In Jamaica, you have to work harder for what you want."
Commonwealth 100m champion Powell, 26, hails from Spanish Town, Jamaica and believes the economic hardship experienced there instils budding athletes with a determination to succeed that is lacking in their British counterparts.
"We have a different mindset," he said. "You have to make a living out of it because you don't get a living from anywhere else.
The ankle is in shape to go 9.7 but I'm not sure it's in shape to go below that
"You have to go out there and make something of yourself."
Britain's main hope in the 100m at Crystal Palace is 23-year-old Simeon Williamson, who comfortably beat Dwain Chambers in the UK trials with a time of 10.05 seconds.
However, this is some way off the time needed to challenge the top athletes in the event, including Powell, and the Jamaican says Williamson must be prepared to put the effort in to earn the rewards.
"Simeon came to Jamaica and from what I observed he is a bit lazy," said Powell.
"He did well though and he made a lot of improvements and if he puts in the effort and the hard work there is a lot more to come."
Powell will face off against Olympic 100m champion Usain Bolt on Friday in an eagerly anticipated 100m contest.
Bolt took world athletics by storm at the Beijing Olympics last year, winning gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay, setting new world records in each event, and will start Friday's race as favourite.
However, Powell - who has been suffering from an ankle injury - is unbeaten over the distance at Crystal Palace having run under 10 seconds in his previous three races at the venue and is predicting a spectacle.
"I'm sure a lot of people are looking forward to it," he said. "I'm excited to see what kind of shape I'm in right now. I feel in pretty good shape."
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