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Powell withdraws from 100 to ruin showdown with Gatlin

18 August 2005

Asafa Powell withdrew Thursday from the Weltklasse meet because of a groin injury, ending the prospect of a 100-meter showdown between the new world-record holder and world champion Justin Gatlin.

The Jamaican tore a ligament at the Crystal Palace meet in London on July 22 and has not raced since.

"I felt that I am not yet ready and that I would not post a good time," said Powell, who set the world mark of 9.77 seconds in Greece on June 14. "It is frustrating to not be able to run. Because I knew after my performance in Athens that I could have pushed the world record in this season even further."

Former world-record holder Maurice Greene is expected to test Gatlin, who wants to improve his personal best of 9.85.

"I most definitely can get faster than the 9.88 from Helsinki with that bad weather," Gatlin said.

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