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    Jamaica's Asafa Powell (C) held the world 100-meter record for three years between 2005 and 2008 at 9.77 and 9.74 seconds. | Photo: Reuters

Published 23 March 2018

"We had a credible report that Powell had sustained an injury and therefore could not be selected," said the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association.

Jamaica will have to manage without record-breaking sprinter Asafa Powell in the Commonwealth Games: injuries are forcing the athlete to forfeit his place, he has announced.

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Powell's dreams of making history and winning the 100 meter dash for the 100th time are being shelved after he injured his hamstring during the Quality Logistic meet last month in Jamaica.

"We had a credible report that Powell had sustained an injury and therefore could not be selected," Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association President Dr. Warren Blake told Reuters.

The 30 participants, who were named earlier this month for track and field scheduled for the April 4-15 games in Carrara, Queensland do not include Powell.

"I know he stopped midway through an event and since then the aim has been to focus on the rest of the season and get that rehabilitation," Jamaica team head Dalton Myers told the Associated Press. "If he turns up it will only be as part of the delegation, not to race."

Powell, who won the 100-meter gold medal at the last Commonwealth Games held in Australia in 2006, had wanted to race on the Gold Coast despite heading towards retirement at the age of 35.

"We've had no official statement from him, but I know he was aiming to come to the games; this was something that he was really looking forward to and he had made public statements about that," Myers said.

During the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the champion sprinter was a member of Jamaica's 4x100 relay team that took the gold. He also held the world 100-meter record for three years between 2005 and 2008 at 9.77 and 9.74 seconds.


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