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Agent says Powell was tired at Crystal Palace

By Gary Smith, World-Track

MONACO — The poor performance of Asafa Powell at the Aviva London Grand Prix last Friday, where he finished the 100 metres in a very disappointing sixth place was a result of tiredness, his agent Paul Doyle said on Monday.

asafa-powellThe former world record holder clocked 10.26 seconds to finish behind fellow Jamaican countryman and current world record holder Usain Bolt, and the weak outing has been blamed on the preparation before the race.

“[Powell’s] coach (Stephen Francis) has kept the training really heavy on him, so I think in London he was just a little bit tired by the second race and didn’t want to risk any injury,” Doyle told the Jamaica Observer.

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“Francis has prepared these guys to be ready for Berlin and you’ve got to remember that Asafa missed out on about seven or eight weeks of training with his ankle injury.

“If it had been a single race in London, then I think we would have seen a much better run out of Asafa, but to go through two rounds with the heavy legs that he had from training was really tough,” Doyle explained.

Powell eased off the gas in the opening round to finish third in 10.19 before losing his undefeated streak at Crystal Palace in final  to Bolt, who crossed the line in 9.91 seconds, running into a -1.7m/s headwind.

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The reigning world championships bronze medallist, who despite is impressive collection of world records, has yet to win an individual gold medal at a major championships.

He, however, has an Olympic gold medal after running an unforgettable leg on the Jamaican world record breaking 4x100m relay team in Beijing last summer.

His seasonal best of 9.88 will see him starting as one of the contenders for the gold medal at the world championships in Berlin next month. But things will be difficult for Powell, with the likes of Bolt and defending champion Tyson Gay running extremely well and brimming with confidence with victories against him already this season.

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Gary Smith is one of the leading writers for He has over 10 years of running experience, as well as eight-years of coaching while covering several events, from the international to college level. Smith, who has covered events for publications such as Caribbean Net News, Cayman Net News, AFP and Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), is also a frequent contributor of and

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  1. Kim

    September 29, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Asafa is the sexiest male in track and field

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