KINGSTON (Sporting Alert) — Asafa Powell will race over the 200m dash at the Utech Track & Field Classic, which takes place at the National Stadium in Kingston, on Saturday.
A host of local stars set to headline the meeting, but Powell’s coach Stephen Francis had earlier revealed that the former 100m world record holder would not be featuring in any high-profiled match-ups and with world champion Yohan Blake entered in the 100m dash – it now make sense to see him in his less favourite event.
Powell, who has a personal best of 19.90 seconds, will race in heat two of the event alongside Lanceford Spence (20.33), Warren Weir (20.43) and Trinidad’s Emmanuel Callendar (20.40) and Antigua’s Daniel Bailey, who has a personal best of 20.59.
Also running the 200m dash is Olympic and World 4x100m gold medallist Nesta Carter, who takes on 400m specialist Jermaine Gonzalez and Dexter Lee in the second heat.
Meanwhile, world champion Blake, the training of Usain Bolt will feature in the men’s 100m and will race in heat three of the event.
In his heat, he will face Andrew Hinds, Oshane Bailey and Jacques Harvey. Blake is expected to team up with Bolt and Mario Forsythe in the men’s 4x100m for the Racers Track Club.
In the meantime, Olympic champion ShellyAnn Fraser-‐Pryce will take the track in the women’s 200m dash and will race from lane four. He teammate and 400m specialist Shericka Williams will run in the women’s 100m.
The women’s 400m line-up will feature the likes of Melaine Walker, Sherone Simpson, Rosemarie Whyte, Ristananna Tracey and Shereefa Lloyd.