EUGENE — The slim chance of a 100-Metres clash between former world record holder Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay at Sunday’s Prefontaine Classic has disappear.
After clocking an impressive 19.58 seconds in his season debut over 200m at the Reebok Grand Prix last Saturday, Gay had considered running his first 100m at the Hayward Field in Eugene.
However, his agent Mark Wetmore announced late Thursday evening that the American has still not recovered from his weekend outing.
He also stated that the reigning world championships sprint double champion, may not race again until the U.S. national trials, scheduled for June 25-28 in Eugene.
"It was probably slightly unrealistic to think Gay could recover that fast," Wetmore was quoted as telling Reuters.
"He didn’t even really start jogging until yesterday," he noted, adding that "There is absolutely no injury (to the sprinter)."
Powell meanwhile, will line up against a strong field in the event.
The Jamaican is yet to impress in his favourite disciple this season and was only seventh at the Reebok in 10.10sec.
The 26-year-old is currently nursing an ankle injury, but his managing staff is keen he will be ready when the time comes.
"It is difficult to measure his degree of fitness, but he continues despite recovering from an ankle injury that he’s been struggling with for some time," Bruce James, president of Powell’s MVP Track Club told a local radio station this week.
"The coaching staff has him on a programme that I expect will have him ready when he needs to be ready."