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Powell departs for Australian series

8 February 2008

World 100-metre record holder, Asafa Powell head a list of nine MVP Track Club athletes who departed Jamaica on Friday for a two-week training camp in Australia.

Also among the list of athletes in the squad for the training camp are former World silver medallists Michael Frater of Jamaica and Trinidadian Darrell Brown.

The crew also includes 2006 Commonwealth Games 200 metres champion, Sherone Simpson, hurdlers Melaine Walker and Gregory Little and sprinters Nadia Cunningham, Ainsly Waugh and Winston Smith.

The athletes, who are coached by Stephen Francis at his Kingston base camp, are scheduled to compete in two track meets — first at the Sydney Grand Prix on February 16 before participating in the Melbourne Grand Prix a day later.

After losing the world title last year in Osaka, Japan to American Tyson Gay, Powell is hoping to avenge that defeat at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China this summer.

The 25-year-old speedster broke his own world record last year, after blasting to 9.74 seconds at an IAAF Grand Prix meeting in Rieti, Italy last year.

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