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Powell joins Bolt on injury list

Asafa Powell
Powell also missed last year's event in Doha after pulling a chest muscle

Former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell has joined Usain Bolt on the sidelines and will miss Friday's IAAF Super Grand Prix in Doha.

Powell, 26, sprained his ankle competing at last weekend's Penn Relays in Philadelphia and will be out of action for the next two weeks.

"I'm really sorry to have to disappoint again but I know it is the only decision I can make," he said.

"I am not injured badly and I know I will be fully recovered shortly."

Powell is hoping to be back for New York's Reebok Grand Prix on 30 May.

The news of Powell's injury comes in the week that triple Olympic champion sprinter Bolt was involved in a car accident in Jamaica.

The 22-year-old, who is resting after suffering minor injuries, is expected to return at the Bupa Manchester Games on 17 May.

Usain Bolt's wrecked sports car

Usain Bolt wrecks car

see also
Bolt withdraws from Jamaica race
30 Apr 09 |  Athletics
Usain Bolt wrecks car
30 Apr 09 |  Athletics
Powell clocks second fastest 100m
02 Sep 08 |  Athletics
Powell preparations hit by injury
11 Jul 08 |  Athletics
Sprinter Powell suffers setback
29 Apr 08 |  Athletics

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