Asafa Powell targets 2020 Olympics
Asafa Powell at the London 2012 Summer Olympics.
Asafa Powell is targeting a place on Jamaica's team for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
“My objective is to stay healthy and focus on training because it’s an Olympic year and stop thinking about achieving those last few sub10’s, once I’m healthy the sub10’s will follow,” the former 100m world record holder told Sportsmax.TV.
Powell, who turns 37 on November 23, has broken the 100-second barrier a record 97 times, but injuries over the past few seasons, have denied him a chance of reaching his target of 100 sub-10 times. The last time Powell managed to break 10 seconds for the 100m was in July 2016 when he ran 9.92 in Hungary.
“I definitely want to be a part of the Olympic team and do my part to bring Team Jamaica’s sprinting back to the forefront,” he said.
The 2009 World Championships 100m bronze medallist has a much brighter outlook than he had last June when he withdrew from the semi-final at the Jamaican National Championships because of another injury and ignited fears that he was about to call time on his career.
He finally shed some light on his decision to withdraw.
“I pulled out of the semi-finals because I didn’t want to make my injury worse. Leading up to the National trials my training was on and off because of injuries. But yes, I started running better towards the end of the season because I got to put in a bit of training while in Europe,” he said.
“In terms of health, I’m a lot better than I was last year this time. I would say last year I was 40 percent this time but now I’m 75 percent because I can put in a lot more work at training this off season.”