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Gay pulls out of London clash against Powell

23 July 2008

American sprint ace, Tyson Gay on Wednesday pulled out of a match up with Jamaican Asafa Powell because he is still nursing a hamstring injury.

Gay, the world sprint double champion from Osaka last summer, was scheduled to go head-to-head with Powell at the two day Aviva London Grand Prix on Friday, but with the Olympic Games only a few weeks away, the American opted to play it safe.

"I don't want to risk doing anything to set things back," the BBC quotes Gay as saying. "I apologise to the London fans."

The 25-year-old who injured his left hamstring at the U.S. Championships went to Germany to undergo treatment in an attempt to be fit in time for the Olympic Games.

However, with concerns over aggravating the injury lingering, the sprinter decided to skip Friday's action.

"I was really looking forward to getting back on the track again, and training has been going well.

"I held out hope to run London, but progress has been steady and with the first round of the Olympic 100 metres just three weeks away, I don't want to risk doing anything to set things back."

A medical report on Monday showed that the sprinter is well on course to recover in time for the Olympics

Powell, who also suffered an injury scare earlier this month with a groin pull in Paris, was looking forward to meeting Gay for the first time since losing to the American at the World Championships last year.

He had warmed up for the clash with a narrow victory over world record holder Usain Bolt at the DN Galan Super Grand Prix 2008 meeting in Stockholm, Sweden on Tuesday.

Bolt will also be in action at the meeting - but will contest the 200m.

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