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Sprinter Powell poised for June return to racing

7 May 2007

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Asafa Powell, the 100m world record-holder whose early season has been slowed by a sore knee, is training at full strength and will return to competition soon, his manager Paul Doyle said Saturday.

In the past three weeks, Powell has pulled out of the Mt. Sac and Penn Relays, along with the Jamaica International Invitational on Saturday as he battled tendinitis in his right knee.

Jamaica's Powell, who holds the 100m world record of 9.77 seconds, had to limit his training, but Doyle said the sprinter was now back to full strength.

"This week he managed to do full speed starts and things felt really good, so he is definitely (feeling better)," Doyle said. "The body has healed and he is ready to run, the only thing is that he missed three weeks of training and we are not sure when we are going to get him started."

The Prefontaine Classic, in Eugene, Oregon, on June 10 is one possibility, but Doyle said Powell could race sooner.

Powell's plans to compete in the Golden League remain intact, Doyle said.

"We are hoping to run in the Golden League and so, Oslo, Norway, is first," Doyle said of the June 15 Oslo meeting.

"He does have commitments to run in Eugene as well ... And there are one or two that we are considering before then," Doyle added. "It very well could be (June 10), but we considering other options before that as well"

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