Asafa Powell

Asafa Powell taking it 'day by day'

Usain Bolt defeats Asafa Powell in Paris (Errol Anderson)Usain Bolt defeats Asafa Powell in Paris (Errol Anderson) © Copyright

Former world 100m champion Asafa Powell admits beating Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay is not that easy, but he is working on making it a reality.

UPDATE 12 Aug -
Powell who pulled out of the Stockholm meeting last week saw a specialist in London yesterday (11) and remains injured and will not compete this Friday (13) at the Samsung Diamond League meeting in Crystal Palace.

"I knew it is very difficult. To win against these guys everything has to go right on the day. There is no room for error.

“In Gateshead, Gay won the battle and Bolt did likewise in Lausanne, but I don't like losing to anybody.

"I know that more people are watching when I race against Tyson or Usain. I know that I should be able to beat these guys and that makes it frustrating. All I will do is push myself harder to be ready to win the next time we race.

"But since Paris, I have had a lot of problems with my groin and that spread to my back and hamstrings. Since Paris I have been unable to train at 100%. I have been getting treatment twice a day every day and slowly I am getting better.

“My coach (Stephen Francis) and manager (Paul Doyle) have all my races lined up but I am not even aware of what is next. All I am doing is focusing on getting healthy and back able to race. I am taking it day by day.

"The break from the track is nice. I love competing but to be racing every week is very tiring. I have been in Italy for 2 weeks at our training base at Fra i Pini hotel in Lignano. It is our home away from home.

"On my new shoe sponsor, Li Ning has been great so far. I am wearing their gear now but this is not yet the special gear they have designed for me. They are developing everything new for me from racing spikes to training gear to casual wear. I am really looking forward to the day everything is completed. They are very innovative and will produce nothing but the best for me.”