Early Years & Education
Asafa Powell was born on 23 November 1982, in Spanish Town , Jamaica . He is the youngest of six children,all boys. Both his father and mother are Minister in the Church.
Asafa attended Ewerton School and Charlemont High School ,in St.Catherine, Jamaica.He has the ambition to become motor Mechanic before he took up running while schooling in Kingston,Jamaica.
His eldest brother name Dorovan was a 60m finalist in the 1999 World Indoor Championship.His brother record for 100m yard dash was 9.5 sec,his mother 11.4 sec while his father was 10.2 sec.Running indeed run in the family.
Powell belong to of the MVP (Maximising Velocity and Power) Track & Field Club based at the University of Technology , Jamaica coached by Stephen Francis has been his coach since 2001.
Powell is 1.90 m or 6 ft 3 in height, weighs 88 kilograms , he has fast initial acceleration.
Powell represented his school Charlemont High at the ISSA High School Championships.
He finished fourth in the Class 1 200 m, in 23.07 with a −1.7 m/s headwind. He also finished third in his heat of the Boy’s Class 1 100 m, recording 11.45 with a −2.3 m/s headwind.
However , time recorded in the heats was quick enough to advance him to the next round of competition.
Powell again represented Charlemont High at the ISSA High School Boys and Girls Championship . He came seventh in the Class 1 100 m Final.
He was discovered for his rare after this race and Coach Stephen Francis started coaching him one week later.
The coach looked for a way to give him a faster start. After searching the island, Stephen Francis found a 100 m stretch of road with a 10% slope and trains his runners on that.
Powell justify his inclusion in Coach Francis by winning the Boys Under-20 100 m event in 10.50 seconds at the JAAA National Championships on 22 June 2001 .
Asafa Powell first International Event was in 2002 at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester. Powell finished fifth in the semi-finals of the 100 m event, setting a personal best of 10.26 seconds.
Powell, along with Michael Frater Dwight Thomas and Christopher Williams formed the Jamaican relay team that won the Silver medal.
Powell was just behind the British Sprinter ,Darren Campbell in the last leg of the relay, with both men finishing in 38.62 s.
He has fond memories of the Commonwealth Games, He said .
“I remember a lot of fun. I ran the 100m and made the semi-finals,” he said.
“For me that was like I won gold. It was my first championship as a teenager. I was just
having fun – I didn’t have one care in the world.”
Asafa Powell has a net worth of $6.5 million . He has earned his net worth as a sprinter who specialises in the 100 metres, and held the 100m world record between June 2005 and May 2008, with times of 9.77 and 9.74 seconds.
Powell is well-known for his ability to consistently break the 10-second barrier in competition, with his overall personal best of 9.72 seconds which is the fourth fastest time in the history of the event.
Powell has consistently broken the 10 -second barrier in competition than anyone else about 97 times , he has an ambition of making it 100 times .
In a recent Interview, He said concerning his 10 – second barrier in competition,
“That is definitely my main goal (the 100 sub-10s). I have managed to start something great with this. I want to go up to 100, even over,”
“Mentally, I just have to keep my head in the game because I am getting a bit old. I have to remain hungry for these last few years, or year, of my career.”
On 5 January 2007, Powell received the Commonwealth Games Sports Foundation Athlete of the Year award. By 3rd February,same year he was honoured at the International Sports Group (ISG) Awards Banquet, held in New York.
In addition, Powell was nominated for the Laureus World Sports Awards Sportsman of the Year award.
Powell won the Caribbean And Central American (CAC) Male Athlete of the Year award for three years in a row. Powell closed the year receiving the IAAF Performance of the Year award, for his 9.74 s world record,and was ranked second in the world in 2007.
He was a former world record for the 100 yard dashwith a time of 9.09, set on 27 May 2010 in Ostrava , Czech Republic . His persona best of 9.72 sec ranks 4th on the all -time list of male 100 metre athletes as of 1 September , 2016.
Powell competed in the 100 m at the 2004,2008 and 2012 Olympics, finishing fifth in 2004 and 2008 and eighth after injuring his groin during the race in 2012.
He won Gold at Beijing 2015 at the 400m relay race also won Gold in 2009 at the 400m really race for Men.He was a Silver medallist at 100m in Osaka , 2007and also won a Bronze in the same event in Osaka for the 100m category for Men.
Powell has won five times at the IAAF World Athletics Finaland was formerly the 100 m world record holder for the event.
In 2013 Powell had tested positive for the drug oxilofrine and withdrew from the 2013 World Athletics Championship as a result.
Powell and fellow Jamaican Sprinter, Sherone Simpson had taken the supplement Ephiphany D1 as part of their training regimen, not knowing it contained oxilofrine.
it was discovered later that Acacia was replaced with oxilofrine, and but this was not disclosed by the manufacturer of the Supplement .
The Athletes sued the company that sold the supplement, Dynamic Life Nutrition (DLN), so as to have their names cleared .
Both Powell and Simpson reached an out of court settlement for an undisclosed amount in September 2015.
After the settlement, Simpson released a statement stating: “Both Asafa and I are happy that we were able to settle this out of court.”
In April 2014, the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission announced that he would be suspended for 18 months over doping charges, expiring in December that year. The suspension was reduced to 6 months after appealing to the Court of arbitration for Sport (CAS).
In April 2018 , Powell who had been aiming a piece of history at Carrara, hoping to become the first athlete to break the 10-second barrier for the 100m for the 100th time.
However , due to an hamstring injury at a meet in Jamaica in February , pulling up in the heats of the 100m at the Quality Logistic meet. Jamaica’s team boss Dalton Myers has confirmed he will not race alongside countryman Yohan Blake in the marquee event.
Asafa Powell is also the co-founder of IrieSocial, an online start-up he created with his friend and partner,Garnett Rose in 2012.
IrieSocial is a Digital Video Mobile App created to showcase clean Jamaican, and Caribbean video content through it’s mobile ready streaming platform.
IrieSocial is the present and future of video streaming distribution.
Powell said the venture is an investment in future income , signaling that he sees his athletic career peaking at a particular point.
The athlete said that he decided to come on board because he knows this is a good investment idea with potential for good returns.
“When Garnette brought the idea to me, I knew it was a good one. Because I know that track and field will not be forever, and I know I don’t want my life to end at 30.
I will need something to keep me going and I know that this is a good idea,” Powell said in an Interview.
“Once the family approves, that is it for me,” he said, “plus Garnette is a former classmate from my old school – Charlemont High School,” he said.
The IrieSocial team is comprised of highly positive good-spirited and talented individuals with over decades of business experience from various business segments and industries.
IrieSocial want to accomplish the ultimate mission of becoming Jamaica’s and the Caribbean’s first premier Digital Mobile Video Streaming Distribution Company.
Asafa Powell is the 21st-century Athlete and Jamaica’s golden baby.
Even though Usain Bolt is certainly the bigger star Internationally, back home there is a sentiment and attachment to Asafa Powell.
Many people believe that he is the person who took Jamaica to the next level and started the dominance. He is probably the most loved Jamaican athlete.
His life story shows that all his success he achieved was due to his never say never attitude and doggedness and of course, thanks to his humbleness and humility.
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