The World Athletics Championships may have just concluded but the Athletics continues on Thursday with the return of the Diamond League. The World’s finest athletes travel to Zurich for Thursday’s meeting.
It’s the penultimate meeting of this year’s series and new World 100m champions Yohan Blake is keen to show Asafa Powell is true worth on Thursday evening. Powell missed the recent World Championships through injury and before the event has called Blake ‘a boy’ after beating the 21 year old in the Jamaica nationals back in June but now that Blake is the World champion, he is keen to show Powell what he is made of.
Asafa Powell has stirred things even more before Zurich’s meeting by claiming if he wasn’t injured, he would of won the 100m in Daegu. Usain Bolt will not race in Zurich, clearing the for the new world champion to take centre stage. Powell has acknowledged Blake’s achievement but he cannot stop thinking of what might have been if he was not injured.
“Going into Daegu I was the man to beat, I was the man with the fastest time in the world this year. “To not be able to run, I was very very disappointed. “It was difficult to take because I won the Jamaican trials quite comfortably, quite easily. To know the same guys I finished in front of went and got the gold medal, it made me look at things and think, ‘If I was there I might be world champion’.
The Zurich event has attracted the holders of 19 world championship gold medals, 18 silvers, and 15 bronzes from Daegu and starts at 7pm. Live Coverage on BBC television from 7pm so tune it for what promises to be a fantastic meeting, the men’s 100m takes place at 9pm as Powell and Blake continue their rivalry.
By Ryan Bailey, @ryanbaileysport