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Asafa Powell confident of delivering this year

12 August 2008

By Gary Smith

Commonwealth Games champion Asafa Powell says this is the year to finally deliver what he has been promising for the last four years.

Despite being arguable the top 100m sprinter in the last few season's, Powell has failed to land a major championships title, which has many believing he is only a one race competitor.

Nevertheless, the former world holder who loss his world mark to fellow countryman, Usain Bolt in May, has been looking sharp on his return from injury and he is confident he will win gold in Beijing.

"This time, I am going do it," a confident Powell told reporters. "I am feeling very confident. My training is going very well, and I have only one aim in mind.

"While I am not focusing on what happened in the past, I can't erase it. It's part of my history, but now I have a chance to write a new history. I am going out there to win the race."

Winning in Beijing will not that easy of a task though, as the race will feature some the fastest men to ever run the event.

World record holder and world leader Bolt, American world champion Tyson Gay, Trinidadians Marc Burns and Richard Thompson, in addition to world silver medallist Derrick Atkins of Bahamas and American trials runner up Walter Dix, are just a few of the top athletes gunning for the crown as well.

Meanwhile, Powell's preparation for perhaps his biggest assignment yet received a boost after Stephen Francis put his differences with Jamaican administrators aside and attended the team training session to work with his athletes from the MVP Track Club.

Among those he work with from the group were medal prospects Powell, Michael Frater Shelly-Ann Fraser, Sherone Simpson and hurdlers Brigitte Foster-Hylton and Melaine Walker.

Also present at the early morning practice session was former world triple jump champion Trecia Smith, who is coming back from an injury she picked up during the qualification round at last summer's World Championships in Osaka, Japan.

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