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Last Updated: Sunday, 2 July 2006, 14:30 GMT 15:30 UK
Gatlin pulls out of Athens meet
Justin Gatlin in action last month
American star Gatlin said he was suffering from a mild strain
Olympic and World 100m champion Justin Gatlin has withdrawn from Monday's Athens Grand Prix with a leg injury.

Organisers told reporters on Sunday that the 24-year-old American sprinter had sustained a "mild strain".

They also said Jamaican Commonwealth champion Asafa Powell had turned down an invitation to replace Gatlin because of a hamstring strain.

Powell, who shares the world record of 9.77 seconds with Gatlin, set his world mark at last year's Athens meeting.



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