Africa’s fastest man, Olusoji Fasuba, may have quit athletics to join the Royal Navy but his legacies lives on.
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.
All four sprinters feel strong enough this season to be capable of dethroning “King” Bolt at the upcoming Olympic Games in London.