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Powell says he’s ready for Commonwealth Games

22 February 2006

Asafa Powell Asafa Powell
Jamaica's 100m world record holder Asafa Powell says he's in good shape and is looking forward to competing at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, next month.

Powell, who opened his season with a 48.28 seconds third place finish in the men's 400m at a local meet in Kingston on January 28, will fly to Melbourne next week after a final tune-up competition this weekend.

The world's fastest man, who at one stage, was reported to be in doubt for the Games because of a slow recovery from injury he sustained last season in London, revealed that he was now over that and was ready to hit the track.

"I'm in good form," Powell was quoted as saying in a local newspaper in Melbourne on Tuesday.

"It will be great to get out there and get rid of the long trip. "The 400s have been a pretty good, and that's a really good test of my form."

The men's 100m will feature a star-studded field which also includes World Championship silver medallist Michael Frater, who along with Powell, Ainsley Waugh and Winston Smith ran 38.87 seconds for the 4 x 100 at local meet in Jamaica at the weekend, Trinidadian duo Marc Burns and Darell Brown, as well as British pair of Jason Gardener and Mark Lewis-Francis.

Last year Powell announced that he will be gearing towards winning three gold medals at the Games, but Gardener, the World and European indoor 60m dash champion played down the Jamaican chances of winning the 100m.

"Anything can happen and for everyone to say Asafa is a sure thing at the Games should be careful," Gardener said.

"I think he's (Powell) vulnerable and the jury is out whether he can perform at a major championship."

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