Former world record holder Asafa Powell is thrilled at the prospect of becoming the first athlete to run over 100 legal sub-10 clockings over the 100m.
Powell, known as the ‘sub-10 king’ in some circles, has so far accomplished the feat some 93 times, seven short of the golden century mark.
The sprinter will hope to get to the 100 mark and beyond ahead of the Rio Olympic Games.
“People have been making a big deal over it,” Powell told the Jamaica Observer.
“And it has become a major part of me, a major part of my image to be the ‘sub-10 king’, and it is very exciting. Everyone is looking forward to it and I am looking forward as well.”
Powell, who recently signed a contract with manufacturing brand Puma, accomplished the feat 10 times during the 2015 season and finished with the third fastest time in the world.
“I am very excited about getting the 100 sub-10 seconds.”
At 32 years old, and despite disappointment at yet another major games, the sprinter has no intention of calling it quits any time soon.
“My body feels great, I don’t feel like I am 32 years old, I feel fresh and strong. Next year is a big year and I will continue to work hard, my body is not overworked as I started my career late, so I have a lot left.”