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Asafa Powell targets Usain's Bolt 100m world record

Gay and Powell discuss 100m rivalry

Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell believes he can reclaim the 100m world record from compatriot Usain Bolt despite the latter's total dominance of the event.

Powell, 27, ran a wind-assisted 9.72 seconds earlier this season, still well short of Bolt's 9.58 world record, but believes the time is within his sights.

"Anyone is beatable, it just takes time, patience and a bit of hard work," Powell told BBC Look North.

"I am just going to go to run very fast, but it will come one day soon."

Powell held the world record between June 2005 and May 2008, eventually lowering it to 9.74 seconds before Bolt burst onto the scene.

The two are friends off the track but Powell insisted: "Don't take it lightly, when we're on the track, it's serious war, it's like a Tyson fight when we're on the track."


Powell takes on United States rival Tyson Gay in Gateshead at the British Grand Prix Diamond League event on Saturday.

Gay has struggled with injuries, which his doctor has put down to the strain on his body from training for the 100m discipline, but has returned to the distance to take on close friend Powell at the Diamond League events in Gateshead and Crystal Palace.

"I'm not in the shape, I believe I'm rusty. I've only done starts four times this year and had some minor setbacks, but I'm just glad to be here, healthy and out here running," Gay said.

Bolt's arrival on the scene has boosted interest in sprinting, but Gay believes the 100m was already a star-studded affair.

"Asafa made the 100m exciting, and me and him had a nice rivalry, and then Usain Bolt came along and took it to a new level," he added.


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