Two weeks ago, it was supposed to be the big showdown at Osaka.
Tyson Gay vs Asaka Powell at the 100m sprint.
As it turned out, though – despite having run a world record 9.77 secs thrice, Powell had never won a world title and he didn’t then.
“When I saw I wasn’t in gold medal contention, I gave up. I just stopped running, I said to myself there was no coming back from this.” He said “I felt very free, very relaxed before the race. But when Tyson came on and gave me a little pressure, I just panicked.”
Two weeks, to the day, later, at Reiti in Italy, he
broke smashed his previous world record in a (legal) wind aided, but pressure-free 9.74 secs.
Hidden there is probably a question that will forever haunt us. Who is better? Who is the real winner? Pure talent or sheer tenacity? Does pure talent, even if its in a superb, untainted athlete such as Asafa Powell, who has failed to rise to the occasion lose any value if its outdone at the big event by a marginally slower performer? Is talent that wilts under the scanner of pressure really any less?
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