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Powell planning for World Championships gold medal

17 April 2007

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By Gary Smith

Jamaica World record holder Asafa Powell has said that he will limit his racing schedule this season in an attempt to be ready for the IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan, this summer.

Looking to make for 2005

The 24-year-old sprinter had to withdraw from the last championships in Helsinki, Finland, two-years-ago because of a groin injury, but after a superb comeback year in 2006, he has targeted the gold medal this summer.

“I’m really not going to run that much this year before the World Championships,” Powell said after opting not to run at the 49th Mt SAC Relays on the weekend. “But I’m going to Osaka to win gold.”

Powell, who equaled his world record of 9.77 seconds, on two occasions last season withdrew from the men's 4x100 relay at Mt SAC due to tenderness behind his knee.

Powell opted not to take a chance in the overcast and cool condition in California, saying “it’s a bit cold for me,” when asked his reasons for not running at the event.

However, despite the non-appearance of Powell, the MVP Track Club relay team from Kingston finished third behind Arkansas Alums and USA Red.

The team of Andre Wellington, Michael Frater, Ainsley Waugh and Darrel Brown clocked 39.11 to follow Arkansas Alums (38.30) and USA Red (39.04) home.

Two from two for MVP women

In the women’s race Sherone Simpson, who ran the fastest times in the 100m and 200m last year, ran a blinding second to lead the MVP team home first in world season equaling best of 43.25.

The team then made it two from as many when they took the invitational 4x400 relay in a world-leading 3:30.58.

Williams rules the dash

The men’s 100m dash saw Jamaican former world silver medalist Chris Williams take first in 10.12. Williams sped to victory ahead of American Wallace Spearmon, who was edged out at 10.14. Another Jamaican, Steve Mullings, who is a former national 200m champion, picked a second place finish behind Jason Heard in 10.19.

In other noted results, Jamaican Melaine Walker won the women’s 400m hurdles in 55.99; Barbadian Andrea Blackett took fourth in 57.25; Korene Hinds won the women's invitational 3,000-metre steeplechase in 9:39.94; Madrea Hyman finished fourth in 9:56.05 before taking fourth in the 1500m in 4:16.92.

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