Asafa Powell, the former 100m record holder, and renowned ‘Sub-10 king’, recently offered his perspective on the challenges faced by Jamaican athletes.
In a 16-minute video entitled ‘Can’t please Jamaicans! They see the glory but they don’t know the story’, which he uploaded on his YouTube channel last Thursday, Powell opened up about the various injuries and hardships he encountered throughout his illustrious athletic career.
Powell also mentioned Yohan Blake, who withdrew from the men’s 200-metre semi-finals at the World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, USA, due to a swollen right foot. He finished fourth in Heat 5 of the Men 200m.
Blake was fourth in the 100m semi-final 1 and did not qualify for the final. 21-year-old Oblique Seville was the only Jamaican to advance to the men’s 100m final at his first World Championships. He recorded three sub-10 times in the Championships following his 9.93-winning-heat and 9.90 semifinal win. Seville later finished fourth in the final in 9.97.