Injured again, Asafa Powell pulls hamstring at local meet

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Asafa Powell of Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Sporting Alert) — Asafa Powell could miss another World Championship after the former world 100m record holder pulled up at a local meet in Jamaica on Saturday night.

Powell, who missed the 2011 World Athletics Championship in Daegu with a groin injury, suffered another hamstring injury at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) All-Comers Meet at the National Stadium in Kingston, racing over 100m.

The Jamaican sprinter confirmed that it is the same injury that forced him to pull from the Stawell Gift handicap race in Australia in March.

Powell, who also pulled up injured in the final of the men’s 100m dash at the London Olympic Games last year, said all he wanted to do want to test his fitness.

All I wanted to do “was just to shake out the legs, but injury got the best of me,” the 30-year-old said.

“It’s the same (right) hamstring (as in Australia), I thought it was better.

“…I felt great in training and just wanted to see where I was.”

A very disappointed Powell will now wait until after Monday’s assessment before knowing the full seriousness of the injury. Should he failed to recover in time, the 2009 world bronze medallist could miss out at making the Jamaican sprint team to Moscow.

Julian Forte went on to win the 100m in Kingston in 10.14 seconds, beating former National champion Oshane Bailey, who ran 10.19 and Rasheed Dwyer, who did 10.20.

Fellow countrymen Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt both also suffered hamstring injuries this season.

However, both are back in training, with Bolt coming back recently to win the Cayman Invitational 100.

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