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Injury delays Asafa Powell’s start to season

Posted by Dresonic on April 23, 2007

KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Asafa Powell, Jamaica’s world 100-metre record holder, has delayed his international debut for the 2007 season because of tendonitis in his knee.
Powell has pulled out of meets scheduled for the coming two weekends.

POWELL… I’m really not going to run that much this year before the World Championships

He was slated to form part of Jamaica’s sprint relay team at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, United States this coming weekend and the Jamaica International Invitational Meet on May 5 in Kingston.
His manager, Paul Doyle, said the athlete will not run if he is not 100 per cent fit.
While disclosing that it is the same injury that ruled him out of the Mt Sac Relays earlier this month, Doyle said “it’s not too serious”.

“We don’t want him to race at full speed if he is not 100 per cent,” he said of Powell, who is down to run the 100 metres in Kingston two weekends from now.

Doyle added of the Jamaica International Invitational. “There is a big possibility that he will miss that as well”.
Powell had earlier made it clear that he will not race much before the World Championships in Japan this summer.
He was quoted at the MtSac Relays as saying: “I’m really not going to run that much this year before the World Championships . But I’m going to Osaka to win gold.”

The world’s fastest man, however, remains in training under the watchful eyes of coach Stephen Francis in Kingston.
“He is still training, but we are just going play it day by day. We just want to play it safe,” Doyle added.

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