Asafa Powell opted for the longer sprint over the weekend at the 2016 Jamaican International Invitational and the result proved positive for the former world 100-metres world champion, who hardly ever runs the 200 anymore.
“When I don’t run 200 everyone questions it,” Powell said after winning the event. “Now I’m running it, people question it.”
Running the 200 for just the second time in what he estimates to be five years, Powell topped the field and took first with a time of 20.45 seconds.
“I might try it out this year at the trials,” he said. “We’ll just see how it goes. It’s a work in progress. This week I trained very hard so my legs are a bit tired but I felt great.”
Among the other highlights at the meet, Jamaica’s Kemar Bailey-Cole won the men’s 100 with a time of 10.01 seconds in a race where the top six finishers crossed in under 10.1. He beat the likes of Americans Mike Rodgers and Tyson Gay as well as St. Kitts and Nevis sprinter Kim Collins.