Prior to the meteoric rise of Usain Bolt, and subsequently Yohan Blake (albeit on a smaller scale), Asafa Powell was the Jamaican male sprinter who stole headlines. However, after the rise of his two aforementioned fellow country-men, Powell has become an after thought.
Similarly, U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay used to be the talk of the sprinting circuit until Bolt became Bolt. That caused Gay to fade into the background.
Ironically, both Gay and Powell have reportedly both tested positive for a banned substance according to BBC.
Gay, 30, the joint-second fastest man over 100m, was notified by the US Anti-Doping Agency on Friday that his A sample from an out-of-competition test in May had returned a positive.
Powell tested positive for a banned stimulant while competing in June’s Jamaican championships.
Sherone Simpson, another Jamaican sprinter, and Veronica Campbell-Brown also tested positive according to this report. Being of Jamaican heritage, I must say this is a sad day.