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

Updated: July 9, 2007, 7:08 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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