What does it take to accomplish this feat? It takes guts, determination, a strict training regimen, and the support of family and friends. Asafa also has a pleasant “nice-guy” attitude – on the track and off – unlike many of today’s cocky, brash sprinters. He also has a tremendous belief in himself – and an even greater belief in God.
Asafa was born on
Out of respect for his parents, Asafa chose to attend a university in nearby
In May 2005 at the Jamaica International Invitational, he clocked 9.84 seconds – at the time, the fastest time in the world that year. A month later, he delivered a similar performance in the
After he broke the world record, there were no crowd-pleasing antics or boasting. The polite, shy, deeply religious young man merely laughed and smiled – even during the few minutes it took for his world record time to be confirmed on the scoreboard.
The name “Asafa” means “rising to the occasion”. How appropriate. He will be 25 years old in 2008, so he is expected to perform well at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.
See you in Jamaica.