MELBOURNE, Australia (Sporting Alert) — Unless Usain Bolt false-starts, or fail to get in shape and getting beat like at the Jamaica Olympic trials last year, everyone is starting to become more comfortable about when he faces the starter they are only running for the minor places.
However, Bolt’s fellow countryman Asafa Powell, who was eclipsed by the sprint legend as the world’s fastest man in 2008 and his yet to regain that slot, still believes he can get back to the top.
At the same time, though, Powell, who entered to race at Stawell Gift this weekend, knows it will take something special to stop the six-time Olympic gold medallist, especially with Bolt’s record of producing on the big stages.
“The way the sport has changed, now you have to be running in the 9.7s or below 9.7s to really be very confident of being on the podium,” he said.
“Everyone is improving, the sport is changing, there is a lot of development going on.”
Many believe that Bolt’s 9.58 seconds world record could get even faster with the number of talented sprinters appearing on the scene, but Powell remains unsure about the future.
“I don’t know what the future holds but I know people can run very fast,” the Jamaican sprinter who previously held the 100m world record at 9.77 and 9.74, until Bolt came along and broke it on three successive occasions.
“I don’t know if the record will be lower. I know my best is yet to come.
“It does become more difficult to stay healthy. I just need an injury-free year.
“Everyone wants to beat Bolt. I can’t predict what is going to happen.
“He is very strong and he is very fast. He is the man right now, he is the man to beat, he is the world record holder … everyone wants to be No.1.”