2 Sep 2008

Bolt inspires Powell to quicker 100 times

6:22 am on 2 September 2008

Usain Bolt's startling 9.69-second run at the Olympics has inspired Jamaican compatriot and former world record holder Asafa Powell to target 9.59 for the 100 metres.

Powell says 2 years ago he said to himself he could go 9.65 or faster but based on how Usain is running it's his aim now to go below 9.6.

Speaking ahead of today's Grand Prix meeting in Lausanne, Powell says Usain can obviously run very fast but he's not going to put him out of his reach.

The 21-year-old Bolt, four years younger than Powell, stunned the sporting world two weeks ago when he knocked 5/100ths of a second off his countryman's previous benchmark despite easing up to celebrate before he crossed the line in Beijing.

Powell, whose season has been blighted by injuries, had to settle for fifth place but later teamed up with Bolt to win gold for Jamaica in the 4x100 relay.

Bolt will run the 200 and Powell the 100 in Lausanne.