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Asafa Powell not ready to waste his chances again

August 5, 2011 - London

Three years ago, Asafa Powell was the fastest man on the planet over a distance of 100 meters (9.78 seconds). Since then, fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt has sidelined him, and now, he insists that he won't waste his chances again in the run-up to the 2012 London Olympics.

Powell will tonight compete at the Aviva London Grand Prix in Crystal Palace, and event at which Bolt is not present because of tax-related reasons.ut, according to the Sun, the two are due to meet at the world championships in South Korea later this month - and Powell insists he is the man to take Bolt's 100m title off him.

Powell has broken the 10-second barrier legally more times than any other athlete - 73 - with a personal best of 9.72secs.

But he could only finish fifth at the Athens and Beijing Olympics and manage bronze at the 2007 and 2009 world championships.

Now he insists he has finally got over the mental barrier that he had in the past.

"Over the years I've been running fast times but I've made too many mistakes. I'm not going to waste my chances again," he said.


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