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POWELL TO UNDO BOLT.

USAIN BOLT has been warned that, although he will arrive home as the hero of Jamaica, he may lose his 100metres world record to compatriot Asafa Powell.

As Bolt's stunning season has run to a close, Powell could surpass him. Bolt became the first man ever to break world records while racing to victory in all the Olympic races he entered.

Bolt's glory in Beijing saw him triumph in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay and made him the superstar of the Games. But by the time Bolt lands back in Kingston, Powell hopes to have shaken up the 100m record once again.

Today Powell will run in Rieti, Italy, on the same track where he broke the 100m world record 12 months ago - before his teammate and great friend Bolt was considered to be a serious rival over the same distance.

Powell (left), who missed the start of the summer with injury, said: "He will be travelling home and I have told him to expect some bad news when he gets there. Next year I am coming full blast - Usain had better watch out."

Bolt ran 9.72secs to smash Powell's time of 9.74 and in Beijing won Olympic gold in 9.69.

But last week Powell registered a winning time of 9.72 in Lausanne and was even leading Bolt until the final 20 metres in Brussels during the Golden League on Friday night.

"I'm not surprised at Asafa's performance," admitted Bolt, reflecting on Powell's impressive time in Switzerland.

"He's a big athlete who can beat world records."
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 7, 2008
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