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Powell skips Cayman Invitational 100m

Published:Sunday | June 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey

Grand Cayman:

Former world 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell is targeting a return to the European circuit at the end of the month after a groin injury forced him out of yesterday's Cayman Invitational.

The 35-year-old Powell told The Gleaner that he decided to postpone his season opener because the injury needs more time to heal.

"I have a groin injury that has been bothering me for a while, but it got better and I was training, but my coach said on Friday that I didn't have enough training under my belt to start the first race, and so he wanted me to get some more training before I start competing," said Powell, who picked up the injury in February.

"I guess by the end of this month, I should be ready for the European circuit," he said.

Powell added that he was feeling very optimistic about the 2018 season because he had been working hard in training to get back to full fitness.

"I am feeling good about the season, but injuries come with the sport, and I just have to deal with it. I just want to get back to training and then start competing on the international stage," said the man who has 97 sub-10 clockings for the 100m, the most by any athlete.