Powell expects fast race on return

Updated: 30 May 2007 14:41 IST

World 100-meter record-holder Asafa Powell plans a fast race on his return on Tuesday from a bout with knee tendinitis.

Powell expects fast race on return

Belgrade:

World 100-meter record-holder Asafa Powell plans a fast race on his return on Tuesday from a bout with knee tendinitis.

The Jamaican sprinter, who will open his season at the AthleticsBet meet in Belgrade, said Monday he was "looking to run under 10 seconds."

Powell, 24, twice last year equaled his world mark of 9.77 seconds but had early season setbacks and missed a couple of planned competitions.

"The tendinitis is gone and I have trained really well in the past few weeks, so I expect a good performance in my first appearance this season," Powell said.

"I am very excited as everyone wants to see how well I can do early on in the season and I will do my very best to run as fast I can," he said.

Britain's Jason Gardener and Mark Lewis-Francis will compete in the race which will also feature Michael Frater of Jamaica, the world 100-meter silver medalist.

Powell said that a fast race would be a boost for his preparations for the world championships in Osaka, Japan, starting in August.

Powell set the world record in June 2005 in Athens, Greece.

Justin Gatlin of the United States has matched the time but faces a suspension of up to eight years following a positive doping test for testosterone and other steroids at the Kansas Relays last April. His appeal is still pending.



Topics : Athletics
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