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Asafa Powell Admits Back Injury Holding Him Back In Training

Sprint ace Asafa Powell has revealed that he is still recovering from an injury and is not giving his full hundred in practice.

Sprint ace Asafa Powell has revealed that he is still recovering from an injury and is not giving his full hundred in practice.

The former world record holder is back in training preparing for what is expected to be a very busy season – but admits that a back injury, which he expects to be good as new at the end of the year – has kept him from going at his max.

He said in his diary on the IAAF website: “I am still holding back a little in training because the (back) injury has not fully healed as yet.

“I give it by year’s end, by that time it should be better. The diagnosis is, there’s a muscle in my back that got tight and caused the natural arch that’s there to straighten out, which is said to be causing the pain in my back.

Powell also mentioned the tough start in his preparation for the IAAF World Championships in Daegu next year.

He said: 

”Training is going well. As usual, the first couple of weeks are difficult but I have to try and manage them as best as possible, but I am really doing well, things are going smoothly, there aren’t much complaints.”

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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. walter fitzpatrick

    December 13, 2010 at 11:03 am

    asafa i hope you can put your best foot forward next year time is of the essence, many young guns are starting to fire but i still regard you as one of the premier sprinters in the world today, so many sub 10,s on your resume your career has been wonderful. merry xmas to all my friends that post on this website, looking for usain yohan nestor veronica and shelly ann to come out firing next year.

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