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Powell back in training after short lay-off

15 May 2008

By Gary Smith

Jamaican world 100-metre record holder Asafa Powell is back on the track for training, following a chest injury he sustained during an intense work-out last month, which forced him out of several meetings.

The World Championships bronze medallist pulled a pectoral muscle during weight training and was forced into training easily for about two weeks.

However, Powell’s manager Paul Doyle has said the sprinter is coming along well and he is expected to be at full strength in the coming weeks.

"He's doing fine," said Doyle. "We expect him to be 100 per cent in two weeks."

Despite falling off schedule in his preparation for Beijing, Doyle said the setback should not affect Powell’s gold medal chances at the Olympics.

"It's just a matter of making up time," he said "It shouldn't affect his Olympic preparation."

Powell is hoping to get to full speed for the Jamaica National Championships in Kingston from June 27 – 29. The world record holder may clash in the dash with world junior 200m record holder, Usain Bolt, who recently ran a world-leading 9.76 seconds for the 100m at the Jamaica International Invitational.

Bolt’s performance is the second fastest ever in the event, only behind Powell’s record of 9.74, set at an IAAF Grand Prix meeting in Rieti, last September.

Because of the setback in Powell’s training, the 2006 Commonwealth Games champion pulled out of last Friday’s Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix, the first major meeting of the pre-Olympic year, and will also miss several other meeting, including the Bislett Games in Oslo, Norway, on June 6 and the Prefontaine Classic on June 8 in Eugene, Oregon.

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