[QODLink]
London 2012
Asafa Powell: 'I will be ready in August'
Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell ensures he will be ready for the Olympics despite pulling out of London Grand Prix.
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2012 12:15
Asafa Powell (R) will hope to take on compatriot Usain Bolt (L) at the upcoming Olympics [Reuters]

Former world record holder Asafa Powell has insisted he will be fit to run at the Olympic Games after withdrawing from the London Grand Prix with a groin strain.

The Jamaican was due to face Tyson Gay of the United States over 100 metres at Crystal Palace on Friday, but has now pulled out of the event for the second year in a row.

"I've been carrying some soreness in my groin since the Olympic trials and have been unable to train at 100 percent," Powell said.

"I need to ensure I'm ready for the Games and cannot take any risks... I will be ready in August"

Asafa Powell

"I need to ensure I'm ready for the Games and cannot take any risks," the 29-year-old added as vowed to be fit for the Olympics in the British capital by saying: "I will be ready in August."

However, the Olympic relay gold medallist made similar comments 12 months ago when he also missed the London Diamond League race with a groin injury which kept him out of the subsequent World Championships in South Korea.

He said then: "I am focusing on Daegu and as much as I'd like to run tonight, I just can't take the risk with the major championships three weeks away."

Powell is the fourth fastest man in the world this year behind compatriots Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt and US sprinter Justin Gatlin.

He has run under 10 seconds more than 80 times in his career, but never won an individual title at a major international championship, finishing fifth in the Olympic 100m final in both the last two Games, in Athens and Beijing.

301

Source:
AFP
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.

Featured
In Brussels, NGO staff are being trained to fill the shortfall of field workers in West Africa.
Lawsuit by 6-year-old girl, locked up for a year, reignites debate over indefinite detention of 'boat people'.
Indonesian and Malaysian authorities are keeping a close eye on local supporters of the hard-line Middle East group.
Citizens of the tiny African nation say they're increasingly anxious of the fallout after alleged coup.
A humanitarian crisis and a budget crisis converge in the heart of the human smuggling corridor in Texas.
join our mailing list