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Asafa Powell withdraws from London

Published:Thursday | July 12, 2012 | 6:10 PM

Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell has pulled out of tomorrow’s Diamond League meet in London, opting instead to rest his injured groin ahead of the Olympic Games.

It means that a heavily-advertised 100m clash between the former world record holder and returning American Olympic medal prospect Tyson Gay will not go ahead as planned, as the Jamaican focuses instead on showing up at the Olympic Games.

Powell, struggled with a groin injury during the Jamaican Olympic Trials in Kingston recently and had to travel to Miami for emergency treatment between rounds. He was forced to sit out the World Championships last year in Daegu, South Korea because of the same injury.

The sprinter’s agent Paul Doyle confirmed the decision, but underlined that the athlete will be ready in time for the Olympic Games, with track and field action set to get underway on August 3 in London.

“He is not going to run… He'll be fine for the Olympics, but we decided not to race this week," said Doyle.

Powell is expected to join his Jamaican teammates in Birmingham for a Pre-Olympic Camp on Sunday.