Olusoji Fasuba's 100m record under threat in Doha

Africa’s fastest man, Olusoji Fasuba, may have quit athletics to join the Royal Navy but his legacies lives on.

One of such legacies is the 9.85 seconds Meeting record set in Doha, Qatar six years ago. As some of the world’s best sprinters set to converge in Doha for the first leg of the Samsung Diamond League, the thinking of many athletics bluffs is that the record will soon give way.

For them it will be another chapter in the Jamaica versus USA sprint rivalry when the League takes off in Doha on Friday 11 May. Leading the list of potential record breakers are the Jamaican duo of Asafa Powell and Nesta Carter; the third and fourth fastest sprinters of all time, toeing the line.

Powell, the former World record holder before Usain Bolt stormed in the athletics scene, ran 9.75 and 9.81 in Doha in 2010 but the stunning times posted were aided by excessive winds, thus not eligible as records. Powell has a career best of 9.72 and Carter 9.78.

On their part, Athens 2004 Olympic 100m gold medallist and recently crowned 60m World indoor champion Justin Gatlin – still in his early 30s – leads the U.S charge to the Doha meet.

Walter Dix, last year’s winner in the 200m and the Olympic bronze and World silver medallist in both 100m and 200m, will be looking to retain his 200m reign in Doha. The American, who ran a wind assisted 9.85 in the 100m last weekend, relocated to California this past November to train with legendary coach John Smith.

All four sprinters feel strong enough this season to be capable of dethroning “King” Bolt at the upcoming Olympic Games in London.


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