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Watch: Asafa Powell shares the painful struggles athletes go through, asks Jamaicans to be more supportive

'The Athletes are not running for Jamaica but for themselves and their families, Jamaica not paying them'
'The Athletes are not running for Jamaica but for themselves and their families, Jamaica not paying them'

Asafa Powell, the Sub-10 king and former 100m record holder, has shared his perspective of Jamaican athletes’ painful struggles.

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In a 16-minute video titled ‘Can’t please Jamaicans! They see the glory but they don’t know the story’ on his YouTube channel last Thursday, retired sprint legend Powell revealed the multiple injuries and struggles he endured during his 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.