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World record-holder Powell will run 100m after recent groin injury

7/9/2007

ROME -- World record-holder Asafa Powell has entered the 100
meters Friday at the Golden Gala, his first race since he injured
his groin June 23 at the Jamaican championships.

"I suppose he won't be in form to set a new record after his
injury, but we're happy to have him," meet director Luigi
D'Onofrio said Monday.

Powell won't find Tyson Gay waiting for him in Rome.

Gay, who ran a 9.84 into a strong headwind at the U.S.
championships last month, has decided not to compete in the Golden
Gala.

"I don't think they will race before Osaka because the don't
want to," D'Onofrio said, referring to the track and field world
championship to be held Aug. 25-Sept. 2 in Japan.

Powell was undefeated in the 100 meters last year and had an
unprecedented 12 times under 10 seconds, twice equaling his world
record of 9.77 seconds. His fastest time this year was 9.94 at the
opening Golden League meet in Oslo on June 15.