An injury sustained during warm up prevented Mike Powell from competing at the Athletics New Zealand Track & Field Championships March 6th-8th.
A dissapointed Powell stated that the injury will not stop him from attempting the Masters record in near future.
“Barring injury, and injury could hinder any athlete at any age, I am confident of medaling and even winning at the Championships,” states Powell.
Powell continues, “This is an exciting challenge for me to actually compete with athletes half my age and I am confident about breaking the Masters record. “
“It will be interesting to see the dynamics of the competition. Will the other athletes relax a little and take it for granted they can beat the old man? Or will they be motivated to try harder for bragging rights by beating Mike Powell the World record holder?”
“Either way I will be energized. This is not like the ceremonial throwing out of the first ball in baseball. I am going to New Zealand to strike out but to win the event and break the Masters record. ”
“The other athletes should not be deceived by my age. I may be a little slower than when I beat Carl Lewis in 1991 but with age comes knowledge. Along with personal training I have been studying advanced techniques and have unique Long Jump knowledge that probably nobody in the world possesses.”
“During my coaching sessions with athletes I pass my knowledge on to the next generation of jumpers. I would love to coach a jumper that will beat my World Record,” concludes Powell.