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Powell says he is on a mission

10 July 2008

Former 100 metre world record holder Asafa Powell is looking to Friday's Golden League meeting in Rome to send out a message to his opponents at next month's Beijing Olympics.

Powell, who held the previous 100m world mark of 9.74sec, saw his benchmark smashed in May by fellow countryman Usain Bolt at a meeting in New York.

And with all the recent limelight focused on Bolt and Tyson Gay, Powell is happy to blend into the background to concentrate on his running and put in a performance that will make his August opponents sit up and take notice.

"I guess it is a lot better when the attention is not on me," said Powell at the Golden Gala news conference on Thursday.

"I prefer it that way. I am a lot more comfortable now. I can relax and focus on my form and technique and focus on running fast.

"I just want to go on the track and do the same thing that I do in practice," he said of Friday's event.

"I don't normally look for times - I just go there and run and anything I get I have to take it," said Powell.

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