TODAY'S semi-finals and finals of the Men's 100m will be hot, says former world record holder and defending national champion Asafa Powell after last night's quarter-final round on the opening day of the JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships.
While world record holder and Olympic champion Usain Bolt and training partner, world champion Yohan Blake, declined invitations to talk to the media after winning their races, Powell looked relaxed and smiled as he addressed the press after jogging 10.19 seconds, the same time as his MVP training partner Nesta Carter.
"It's the heats, so we were taking it easy," Powell said, adding that he was not even trying to work on any part of his race, just getting through the opening phase and staying relaxed.
Today, however, he says he plans to "go all out as the semi-finals and the finals will be hot", Powell said.
Earlier, Bolt eased to a 10.06 seconds time in the first heat, beating Jacques Harvey and Mario Forsythe before leaving the track right with a white towel over his head with members of the media in tow.
Blake followed soon after with 10.00 seconds — the best on the night — ahead of Kemar Bailey-Cole and Oshane Bailey, while Michael Frater won the final heat in 10.09, ahead of Lerone Clarke.