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Saturday, January 26, 2013

STAWELL, Vic - Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell will race at this year's Stawell Gift.

Powell, who has a record 68 sub-10 second 100m times, will become the first 100m world record holder to compete on Stawell's grass track in 62 years.

"I've been ready to come down a couple of times over the past few years but I'm happy to say that this year will be the year," Powell said of the event held over the Easter long weekend in western Victoria.

"I will need to be in sub-ten second shape and run a faster than a ten second hundred if I want to make the final I think.

"Like most Jamaican sprinters, I've grown up running on grass and a lot of our training is done on grass so that's no problem."

"The handicaps are a different story though."

Powell has recovered from the re-occurrence of a groin injury which affected his performance in the London Olympic 100m final, where he finished last.

The 30-year-old finished fifth in the 100m finals at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

His personal-best 100m time of 9.72 seconds has bene bettered by only three men - Olympic champion Usain Bolt (9.58s), world champion Yohan Blake (9.69s) and American Tyson Gay (9.69s).


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