Asafa Powell has dominated the 100 metres so far this season, and the Jamaican sprinter believes he can only go “faster and faster.”
Powell headlines the Golden Gala in Rome tomorrow, the latest event of the elite Diamond League series.
Asafa Powell competing during the men 100 metres race at the IAAF World Challenge Golden Spike athletic meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic, last month. Powell clocked a time of 9.83 seconds and won the race. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
He ran a wind-aided 9.72 seconds to win in Oslo last week in his third major race of the year. He had the year’s fastest legal time a week earlier, clocking 9.83 seconds in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Before that, he won in Doha with a wind-aided 9.81 after running a windy 9.75 in the heats.
“I’m just very excited about the way the season is going now,” Powell said. “In my last race in Oslo, I had a sore groin and hamstring but the time was still very fast. I think as the season goes on I will continue to run faster and faster.
“Everything is going great with the races now and I am expecting to keep improving as the season progresses. Doha 9.75, Ostrava 9.83, Oslo 9.72. I’m excited to see what comes next.”
Powell is hoping to use the absence of rivals Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay to close the gap on the duo. It is likely to be a long season for Powell culminating with the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in October, with a hoped-for showdown between Jamaican teammates Powell and Bolt in the 100.
[Updated via Jamaica Observer]
It’s been a while since O’Neil Peart worked his way into the hearts of thousands of Jamaicans via Digicel’s Rising Star competition. Armed with his guitar and innate talent this self thought, intuitive musician has been quietly honing his craft and working on his debut album under the guidance of some of Jamaica’s most talented and respected Producers including Willie Lindo, Stephen ‘di genius ‘ Mcgregor, and Paul ‘Computer Paul’ Henton.
His current single ‘Still Got the Blues’ has been enjoying steady air play on a number of popular radio stations in Jamaica and abroad with the music video over the last three weeks holding on and climbing steadily on HYPE TV’s HOT PICKS.
For a performing artist who found music relatively late in his young life, O’Neil is pleased with the direction that his career is going; ‘even though I never considered music as a career until I was mid way through Excelsior Community College I have been fortunate to make up for some lost time, Rising Star came along at the right juncture when I was looking for ways to broaden my musical horizons.’ And what an education and opportunity this experience was, paving the way for him to be featured on the finalists compilation album produced by Shane Brown. His song ‘Judge Dem’, became quite popular with the teenagers in the UK / Europe market
While grateful for this exposure and acclaimed including being the recipient for the Prime Minister’s award for excellence in 2008 Peart was not one to rest on his laurels, since then he has been hard at work writing and singing and performing as much as he can because he is in this business for the long haul. With wisdom belying his youthful looks and years he commented ‘I’m confident that I have something to say, and music is something that I’m involved in for the long term. I see myself as an artist, and as such, I intend to present my own music, with my own perspectives, to Jamaica and, in time, the world.”
Story & Photo Credits: Scarlett-Deborah Beharie
Only moments ago we learn via a BBC News Report that Former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela’s great-granddaughter has been killed in a car crash after a World Cup-eve concert.
The report from the BBC noted, “The Nelson Mandela Foundation reportedly said Zenani Mandela, 13, died when travelling home after the concert in Johannesburg.”
Zenani Mandela was one of the former president’s nine great-grandchildren.
The tragic report comes only hours before the World Cup is due to open in Johannesburg with South Africa going up against Mexico.