Jamaica’s Asafa Powell aiming for World record as he takes on US’s Gay

LONDON – Asafa Powell, the fastest man in the world in 2010, and the former three-time World Champion, Tyson Gay, will meet for the first time this year at the Aviva British Grand Prix on July 10 in Gateshead with a re-match set for the Aviva London Grand Prix on August 13-14, the eighth and 12th stops of the Samsung Diamond League series, with Powell targeting the World Record.

Although Gay and Powell have not raced against each other in the 100m since September last year, Gay currently edges the Jamaican in their head-to-heads with three wins in a row.

However in 2010, Powell, the former World 100m record holder has already spoken of his desire to take the record back from his fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt and so far the signs are positive.

Early form in his opening races this year easily suggest that Powell could improve on his performance from four years ago at the Gateshead International Stadium, when he set the first 100m World record in this country by equalling the 9.77 mark.

Powell – World record ‘is mine to lose at the moment’

The 27-year-old said: “I’m looking forward to getting to the Aviva British Grand Prix – I know that I have a pretty serious race lined up with Gay competing as well and I’ll be going all out to make sure that I get a faster time.

“Myself and Tyson are clearly the two that are going after the world record but I truly believe that it’s mine to lose at the moment. Tyson has not been competing that much this year and I know he’s been injured so I’m looking to take advantage of that. I’m feeling good and am on form so I’m confident that I’ll place first in this race – I’m certainly aiming for that.”

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