Usain Bolt has jumped to the defence of teammate Asafa Powell who was a disappointing seventh in the 100m finals in the World Championships.

Encourages After A Disappointing Seventh Place

Fresh off his signature victory over American Justin Gatlin in the 100m finals at the 15th IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, Usain Bolt has jumped to the defence of teammate and team captain Asafa Powell who was a disappointing seventh.

Bolt posted on his twitter account on Monday “Bro just keep strong.. Ppl don’t get this journey and sacrifice we all put into this..” in response to a series of posts Powell had made since Sunday.

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Bolt’s post was in response to one where Powell sought to apologise for his seventh place in the 100m finals Sunday morning (Jamaican time).

“I am sorry I disappointed and let my fans Jamaica down at another championship. There’s nothing you can say that I haven’t said to myself,” tweeted Asafa Powell.

Powell who went into the final on the back of a string of fast times, including two in the early rounds, 9.95 seconds (-0.1m/s) and 9.97 seconds (-0.4 m/s), finished out of the medal frame running 10.00 seconds (0.5m/s), incurring the wrath of scores of track and field fans.

Powell who has been representing Jamaica at the senior level for over 13 years, has won two bronze medals in the 100m at the World Championships, in Osaka, Japan in 2007 and 2009 in Berlin, Germany.

His failures however at both the World Championships and Olympic Games have not gone down well with track and field fans.

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