Day: November 27, 2017
In our opinion, Asafa Powell is one of the best sprinters of all-time. He has recorded the most sub-10 100 meter dash times in history. He is a former 100 meter dash record holder, his personal best of 9.72 is the #4 time on the all-time list. He holds the World Record in the 100 yard dash with a time on 9.07. He is an Olympic Gold Medalist in the 4×100 relay with Jamaica, also a 5-Time World championship medalist. His five world championship medals consist of 2 Gold medals with the Jamaican 4×100 relay team in 2009 Berlin and 2015 Beijing, 3 Bronze medals with two coming in the 100 meter dash (2007 Osaka & 2009 Berlin), and the other in the 4×100 relay team at the Osaka championships in 2007. With all these accolades over his career, there is one thing missing from his resume’, a individual Olympic Gold, or World championship medal. Throughout his career he has been in the final race to collect gold but has not been able to pull through. Many fans will look back, and say “wait” he won the 100 meter dash in the 2006 commonwealth Games, which is true, but The Commonwealth Games is not considered a global event by many. Asafa Powell is a future Hall of Famer without these two medals, but this may be the year he finally breaks through.
As we look back at Powell’s World Championship/ Olympic Game finals he has been great every round leading up to the final. At the 2004 Olympics in Athens he cruised to win his heat in 10.06 seconds, then he went 9.99 in the quarter-finals where he finished second in the heat. If you watched his semi-final race you would have thought he was heading toward the gold medal. He ran a 9.95 to win the first semi-final, but in the final he finished 5th. At the 2007 World Championships, in Osaka the headlining event was Asafa Powell vs. Tyson Gay. This was a great race, where Asafa led for the first 40 meters, but in the end Tyson Gay proved to be best sprinter in the world, with Asafa Powell finishing with the Bronze Medal. At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, we all knew whose show it was we just wanted to see what time he would come away with, but Asafa Powell failed to even make the podium which we know he was well capable of. His next 4 World Championship/Olympic performances were dominated by the G.O.A.T Usain Bolt.
In 2016, at the World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon everyone thought for sure this would be the season he would win an individual gold medal. He was dominant in the heats, and the semi-final of the 60 meter dash. He ran the world lead/National record/ #5 60 meter dash time ever 6.44 twice before the final. In the finals, his start wasn’t his best and he found himself trying to recover to eventual champion Trayvon Bromell. Powell, would finish with the silver medal in the event.
We are rooting for Asafa Powell to win the 60 meter dash world title in 2018 to put the narrative to rest about him in big championship races. Many may say that even with a 60 meter dash world title in 2018 they will still few him the same, but we feel different. For the past 12 season he has been one of the most consistent sprinters in history. He will go down as an all-time great, but an individual World Title will definitely add to his legacy.