Asafa Powell Targets a Gold Medal for the Beijing 2008 Olympics

Setting a new sprint world record without his staunch rival Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell sets his eyes on another goal for his track career, a Beijing 2008 Olympics Gold. But with Tyson Gay and Derrick Atkins in the Beijing Olympics as well, this goal is not going to be a "walk in the park" for him especially after he came third in the World Championships in Osaka Japan last month. Asafa Powell owns the 3 best times in the 100-meter Sprint, clocking 9.77 esconds twice & most recently smashed all records by clocking 9.74 in the Grand Prix in Rieti, Italy.

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Asafa Powell smashes world record - Jamaican Asafa Powell set a new men's 100m record of 9.77 seconds at the Athens Olympic Stadium on Tuesday.Powell had predicted earlier this week that he would beat Tim Montgomery's previous best of 9.78, which the American set in Paris three years ago.The 22-year-old stunned a quality field but had to wait several minutes for the time and wind level to be checked before the record was confirmed. He said: "It shows no-one knows how fast a man can run." Powell had spoken confidently about surpassing Montgomery's mark after he clocked 9.84 - the joint-third fastest time in history - in Kingston last month.

Asafa Powell focusing on Beijing Olympics after improving his 100-meter world record - Now that Asafa Powell has lowered his 100-meter world record, he wants the one big prize missing from his collection -- an Olympic gold medal. "Next year my only goal is the Olympics," the Jamaican sprinter said Monday, a day after improving his time to 9.74 at the Rieti Grand Prix. "I plan to race many more times before the Olympics than I did this year." Powell has a reputation for falling short in big races, having never won gold at the Olympics or world championships. He finished third behind American rival Tyson Gay and Derrick Atkins at the worlds last month in Osaka, Japan. That was his first medal in a major competition. "I ran like I should have done at the worlds," Powell said. "At Osaka I was too tense, I was thinking about the race and the time I had to set. Instead, here I was relaxed."

Asafa Powell smashes world record - Asafa Powell's reputation as the big man for the small occasion was further enhanced yesterday when he lowered his world 100 metres record to 9.74 sec. Two weeks after his disappointing showing at the World Championships, where the 24-year-old Jamaican crumbled under pressure to finish only third behind American Tyson Gay in the 100m final, Powell rescued something from his season with this sensational performance.

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