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Bailey backs Powell to break 100m record

2 July 2006

Canadian Olympic 100 metres gold medallist, Donovan Bailey, believes Asafa Powell will lower the world 100m record.

Jamaican-born Bailey, who won gold at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, described Powell as an "amazing athlete".

Bailey said he has no doubt that Powell can go faster.

"If I went 9.7 that would have been a glorious day and now, he goes 9.7 like its nothing. Obviously with him running the perfect race it seems like he can go one-tenth faster. I don't know," questioned Bailey.

"When you look at how smooth he is and ultimately if he gets stronger in his first 60 metres and can maintain the speed, he can do some amazing stuff."

Powell and American Olympic 100m champion Justin Gatlin hold the world record of 9.77. Powell has, however, achieved the mark twice, first last year when he broke Tim Montgomery's 9.78 seconds mark, then on June 11 of this year.

Gatlin secured his mark in Qatar in May.

Bailey, who ran a personal best 9.84 for the Olympic title, said he has been compared with Powell.

"A lot of times when I'm in Europe a lot of people compare Asafa's running style to mine. I had the hitch because of my hip, but he's a lot smoother than I was."

"Because of that he has run significantly faster than I have and has been consistently fast. I hope he stays healthy and continue this domination by Caribbean sprinters."

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