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Powell million dollar hunt continues in Paris

6 July 2006
www.world-track.org

By Gary Smith

Jamaican world-class sprinter Asafa Powell, the co-world record holder over 100-metre headline a star-studded line in the event as his hunt for a million dollar in the IAAF Golden League continues at the Meeting Gaz de France Paris Saint-Denis, the second leg of the jackpot, in the Stade de France, on 8 July.

Powell kicked off the hunt with solid 9.98 seconds win at the Exxon Mobil Bislett Games in Oslo, Norway, on 2 June and looking at the line-up, though it's well talented group of sprinters, the world record holder shouldn't have any serious problem adding win number two to his Golden League campaign.

The 23-year-old, who has been in great form since his return to the track, following a pre-mature end to his season last year, will take on Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis, the 2003 World champion in the very same stadium, American Shawn Crawford, the Olympic 200m champion and Martinique-born French sprinter Ronald Pognon, the joint European 60m record holder in the dash and his goal is to run fast from start to finish.

"My goal is simple: run fast, from the start to the finish line," Powell said at the meeting's press conference on Wednesday. "I'm in a good shape. I know anything can happen, anything is possible at this (Paris) meeting."

"I was a little bit tired after the Jamaican championships. So, I decided not to run in Athens, but to go directly in Italy for a training camp. But now, I'm fine."

"I cannot tell you when and where I’m gonna meet Justin Gatlin on the track. It seems he's avoiding me. I'm not. About the question, 'if I'm gonna get the World record just for myself', it's certain. I’ll do it," he added.

The field will also include reigning World Indoor 60m champion Leonard Scott, Powell's training partner and World Championships silver medallist Michael Frater of Jamaica as well as Trinidadian Mark Burns, who has a season's best of 10.04, Netherlands Antilles' Churandy Martina, who has also been in great form this season and Jamaica's former sprint double champion Dwight Thomas.



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