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Agent: Carter `should be all right`

26 June 2007

By Dave Ungrady

U.S. sprinter Xavier Carter is expected to compete again this season following an injury he suffered at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday in Indianapolis, said his agent, Mark Block.

Carter, a favorite to win the 200 meters at the championships, fell to the ground on the straightaway during the semifinals of the event.

Block said an initial medical diagnosis revealed that Carter's kneecap temporarily dislodged from his knee during the race and that the injury could have been caused by a weakness in the quadriceps muscle located in the upper thigh of Carter's right leg.

"We don't think it's anything major," he said. "He should be all right in a few days. Structurally, he should be fine. By the end of the week, we anticipate he will start some kind of rehab."

He said Carter will seek a second medical opinion before beginning therapy.

"He's pretty devastated," Block said. "He was in really good shape. He was in a lot of physical pain. And he was pretty upset."

Carter last season ran the fastest time among active sprinters in the 200 meters, 19.63 seconds, and was expected to finish in the top three at the national meet and qualify for the upcoming world championships.

Tyson Gay won the event Sunday in 19.62 and replaced Carter as the top 200-meter runner in the world.

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