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Asafa Powell says drug tests could affect his 100m performance

12 August 2008

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By Gary Smith

Jamaica's Asafa Powell fears that the continuous blood tests he has received in the last few days can affect his chances of winning his first Olympic Games 100 metres title.

The former world record holder confirms that he has been tested four times in the last two weeks of arriving in Beijing, and he is concerned that he will be weakened for the finals as a result.

"Two days ago, I got pretty upset because since I've been here they've tested me four times," Powell, one of the favourites to win the 100m gold medal said.

"They take blood. I'm saying that they're taking so much blood, we're going to be very weak before the final of the 100m."

Powell also said that he and his sprinting partners Usain Bolt and Michael Frater are expecting another test on Wednesday.

"I'm almost sure I might be tested tomorrow," a disturb Powell told reporters. "I don't know about anyone else but they're really doing it in my case and with my team-mates Michael Frater and Usain Bolt."

The men's 100m final which is deemed to be one of the highlighted races at the Games, will be contested on Saturday August 16.

Sprinters at the Beijing Games are the main focus on the doping list as the authorities try to crack down on drugs cheating. Overall athletes competing at these Games will be the most tested in history.

"They're saying they're doing about 4000 blood tests," Powell said. "It's just very difficult to catch everyone, but I hope they can do it and make this Olympics clean."

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