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Powell gives Bolt the edge

6 October 2008

Jamaican sprint ace Asafa Powell, the 2006 Commonwealth Games 100-metres champion, has admitted that double Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt was well ahead of him in the sprinting department this season.


"He is very tall and very powerful, so I think that gives him an advantage over most of the [other] athletes," Powell who finished fifth behind Bolt at the Olympic Games in Beijing, said earlier this year.


 "He is very tall and very powerful, so I think that gives him an advantage over most of the [other] athletes."


Powell, who boasts an exceptionally powerful start, has lost three of four races to Bolt, who is guilty of sometimes getting away from the blocks slowly.


Nevertheless, the 22-year-old clocked 9.69 seconds in the 100 metres and 19.30 seconds in the 200 metres en route to establishing new World Records at the Beijing Olympics in August.


Bolt, unlike Powell, has a powerful finish, which track & field experts have identified as his killer instinct.


However, while Powell agreed that the first part of his race was his strength, he said a past shoulder injury and subsequent surgery, had affected his starts.


"Yes, I am normally very powerful out of the blocks (but) I have not been able to execute as well," Powell said.


"I am trying to get back my technique, because of the shoulder (surgery) and bad knee. I am just trying to work on everything, so I can go out there and really deliver."


Powell previously held the World 100 metres record of 9.74 seconds but Bolt lowered it in May to 9.72, before setting a new mark in Beijing.


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