Usain Bolt is the greatest Olympian, says Asafa Powell

first_imgAsafa Powell, in India for the first time to promote the Delhi Half marathon, backed fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt’s 100m record to stand for a good time.Speaking to India Today, the former record-holder in the 100m said: “I would say it will stay the way it is. I don’t know who is going to come out and run faster than 9.58 seconds. That’s really an outstanding time and you know to have that statue and run so fast, it’s really unknown and for someone else to come out and really do that, you know I would be very surprised. I am not saying that is the limit, but I will be very surprised if someone comes out and break that record.”Powell also picked Bolt as the greatest Olympian of all time over American swimming legend Michael Phelps.While Bolt holds the recognition of doing the triple treble – winning the 100m, 200m and 100×4 relay Gold medals thrice –  Phelps has won a staggering 23 Gold medals at the highest stage.”I have to go with my country, with my sport. Usain is the greatest athlete of our time. Phelps has been tremendous. He is great. But I must be biased in this one,” he said.Powell won his second Olympic Gold in the team relay event with Bolt in 2016 and had this to say about his team mate. “He is very confident. That stands out about him the most. He wants it and works very hard for everything. But his confidence has been the key.”advertisementSpeaking on his own career and missing out on a individual Olympic Gold despite the fact that he held the 100m record for some time, Powell said: “You know not everything that you want, you are going to get. I mean I have been in the sport for a while and have been working very hard and if it’s not to happen then it won’t happen. I really wanted a gold medal but I didn’t get it. But, I still can’t be ungrateful because I’ve achieved a lot in the sport and I have to give God thanks for all that I have achieved and to get two gold medals from the Olympic Games, it’s still a gold medal, you know I can show anyone and say ‘hey, this is a gold medal’. Usain can show his medal, it’s the same medal.”  Powell chose to be optimistic though about the sport’s future after Bolt retires in 2017.last_img read more