• Asafa Powell Tips Bolt to Bounce Back

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Aug 30, 2011-

The news of disqualification of Usain Bolt continued to elicit reactions.

"I was surprised and shocked like everyone else," said Asafa Powell, the fastest man this season on Usain Bolt's shock disqualification from the 100m race on Sunday at the Daegu stadium.

"It was the last thing anyone expected,"he told sportsnewsarena.

Powell whose 9.78 sec is the fastest over the distance was expected to challenge for the World title but he had to put his ambitions to rest as he was ruled out with groin injury days before the championships began.

"I was watching it on TV from the village and I was actually playing the race out in my mind." "I think it was just anxiety and Usain trying to get the flyer early because he is not in the best shape of his life," he opined of what could have caused his biggest track rival to bolt out in one of his biggest career races.

"If you really look back on the replay, you can see Blake moving. Bolt was watching Blake," "I kept playing the race in my head after the semis i didn't know who to pick Bolt, Blake and Nester because Blake looked awesome, Bolt looked great it was hard to decide," recalled the 28 year old former World record holder.

But did he at one point wish things were different and he was on the blocks on Sunday?

"It's always good to race the best as the world champion because even Blake didn't really beat Usain," he replies casually as he chats to sportsnewsarena over lunch hosted by his apparel sponsor, Li Ning.

He tipped Bolt stung by the disqualification, to bounce back in the 200m on Friday where he will also be looking to defend his title from Berlin.

"Bolt is going to give his best at this event and will be more focused as there's no one beside him. He surely will give his best." he reckons.

He also racing against time hoping that he could be fit enough to run at least one leg of his Jamaican teams 4x100m sprint relay.

" I will see how I feel on Thursday. If am not I won't risk it, because I still feel a bit of pain."



 Evelyn Watta in Daegu

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