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Powell still searching for reasons for major championships flops

2 September 2008

By Gary Smith

Former 100-metres World record holder Asafa Powell is still puzzled as to why he is unable to deliver at major championships.

The Jamaican 2006 Commonwealth Games champion, arguable the most successful sprinter on the European circuit, has not been able to transfer those outstanding performances at the big stages.

Powell, in the last three major championships, was tipped has a strong favourite to win at least one gold medal, but has only managed to win a bronze medal, this coming at the World Championships in Osaka, last summer.

His latest disappointments came only weeks ago at the just concluded Beijing Olympics when he failed to medal in the 100m, after entering the event heavy favourite for a top three spot.

"I perform better in Grand Prix and Golden League races rather than in big championships, but I cannot explain the reasons," Powell said at the media conference for Tuesday's 2008 Athletissima meeting in Lausanne.

"I had a lot of injuries this year that stopped me from training hard. For this reason I was impressed by my 9.82 in Monaco and my 9.87 in Gateshead in difficult conditions."

In Lausanne, Powell will face some of the men who edged him out in Beijing, but he does not consider the match up to be a revenged race.

"I don’t take this race in Lausanne as a revenge but I try to learn from my mistakes," he said. "I would like to run very fast because I know it is a very good track.

"This year I worked very hard on a lot of stuff and on my technique. I still feel very strong and in good shape."

In May, Powell loss his world record to countryman Usain Bolt, who went on to copped both the 100m and 200m gold medals in Beijing. He admits that he would love to regain the title as the world's fastest man, but noted that he is now focusing on finishing the season strong.

The race has attracted seven Beijing finalists, including silver and bronze medallists Richard Thompson of Trinidad & Tobago and American.

After Tuesday's meeting, the 25-year-old will compete at the three other meetings, including the Rieti Grand Prix where he broke his own world record last year.

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