I'll be back - Powell

Published: Monday | August 6, 2012 Comments 0
A disappointed Asafa Powell after the race. Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer
A disappointed Asafa Powell after the race. Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

London, England

As his teammates Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake ran around the track in celebration, Asafa Powell was on his knees, crouched in disappointment.

Powell ran well for the first half of the race, among the leaders and was heading for his first individual medal at the Olympic Games until it happened.

A mid-race stumble caused a pull on his groin and aggravated an injury that has dogged him throughout his entire career, forcing the former world 100m record holder to pull up midway through the race, while his Jamaican teammates ran away for a one-two finish - Bolt in front with an Olympic record 9.63 run with Blake stopping the clock at 9.75.

American Justin Gatlin was third in 9.79.

Though disappointed, Powell is holding his head high after taking the chance and doing his best to finish the race and assured that he will be back stronger than ever.

"I'm very disappointed," Powell told The Gleaner. "I knew I would have been up in the medals if this did not happen, but that's how it goes, I'm very disappointed, but I will be back and we will go back and fix this."

He added: "I tried. In the semi-final I kinda played around to get the tension off me and I was really looking forward to coming back for the final and giving my all."

andre.lowe@gleanerjm.com

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