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Powell playing it smart in Olympic year

19 February 2008

Jamaican sprint ace Asafa Powell is still uncertain about his opening racing in Australia. The Commonwealth Games champion is still struggling with pains in his leg knee and has said he will not compete if he is uncomfortable.

Shortly before his departure to Australia, Powell tripped on the stairs at his home in Kingston, and injured his knee, which caused him to received four stitches.

The injury caused the world record holder to pull out of the Sydney Grand Prix last weekend with the intentions of being much better for the Melbourne Grand Prix Thursday night.

However, despite the removal of the stitches and a very encouraging training session on Monday, Powell is still playing it smart, especially with this season being the year of the Olympic Games.

He said if he is not fit he will not run.

“There is some inflammation inside (the knee) so we just have to get rid of that,” Powell told reporters on Tuesday.

“So if I’m feeling unbearable pain I will pull out,” he added.

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