Powell set for June return to track

KINGSTON: Asafa Powell, the 100m world record-holder whose early season has been slowed by a sore knee, is training at full strength and will return to competition soon, his manager Paul Doyle said on Saturday.

In the past three weeks, Powell has pulled out of the Mt. Sac and Penn Relays, along with the Jamaica International Invitational on Saturday as he battled tendinitis in his right knee.

Jamaica’s Powell, who holds the 100m world record of 9.77 seconds, had to limit his training, but Doyle said the sprinter was now back to full strength.

“This week he managed to do full speed starts and things felt really good, so he is definitely (feeling better),” Doyle said. “The body has healed and he is ready to run, the only thing is that he missed three weeks of training and we are not sure when we are going to get him started.”

The Prefontaine Classic, in Eugene, Oregon, on June 10 is one possibility, but Doyle said Powell could race sooner. – AFP