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Powell sidelined with groin injury

28 June 2007

By Dave Ungrady

About one week after setting his first world record in the 100 meters on June 14, 2005, Asafa Powell competed in the Jamaican National Championships. He won the race in 10.04 seconds but suffered a groin injury that kept him out of the world championships in Helsinki, Finland, later that summer.

In just his third race of the 2007 outdoor season, Powell won the 100 at the Jamaican National Championships on Saturday in 10.04. In the race, he injured the same groin muscle that kept him off the track for most of the 2005 season. Powell hopes the parallels between the 2005 injury and the 2007 version end there.

Powell's agent Paul Doyle said today that he expects the runner to return to training by the end of the week, and they should know more about the severity of the injury by this weekend. He said there is a "50-50" chance that Powell will compete in a Golden League meet in Paris on July 6.

"If there's any doubt that he's physically ready, we don't want to take that chance," Doyle said Wednesday.

Before the injury, Powell had committed to compete in all six Golden League meets. He won the 100 meters in the first Golden League meet on June 15. Before the injury, Doyle began discussions with organizers of a Super Grand Prix meet in London on August 3 for Powell to run there.

A 100-meter race featuring Powell and American Tyson Gay, who won the 100 meters and 200 meters at the U.S. outdoor championships last weekend, is unlikely to happen until the world championships in Osaka in late August.

"There have been no discussions about Tyson," Doyle said. "But we wouldn't shy away from it."

Gay, who has run the three fastest 100-meter times and the fastest 200 in the world this year, is scheduled to compete in a Super Grand Prix meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, on July 10 and a Grand Prix meet in Sheffield, England, on July 15. A third meet has not been announced.

"Tyson is focusing on his own schedule, but certainly expects to meet Asafa in Osaka," Mark Wetmore, Gay's agent, said.

Powell won three races during the 2006 outdoor season against Gay. He ran 9.86 in a meet in Stockholm in July when Gay finished second in 9.97. Also that month in Rome, Powell won in 9.85 while Gay finished fourth in 10.04. Powell equaled his 9.97 world record at a meet in Zurich in August. Gay finished second in 9.84.

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