Asafa Powell, out with knee tendinitis, could return by June 10

Updated: May 6, 2007, 7:31 PM ET
Associated Press

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Asafa Powell, who shares the world record in the 100 meters, is training at full speed again and could return to competition in June after weeks on the sideline because of knee tendinitis.

"He is not 100 percent yet, but the body has healed," Powell's manager, Paul Doyle, said Saturday. "If he is not 100 percent, he is certainly close to it."

Powell skipped the Jamaica International Invitational in Kingston on Saturday. Doyle said Powell likely will return for the Prefontaine Classic on June 10 in Oregon, if not an earlier event.

"Once he gets a little more confidence in training and he feels he is ready to go, we will find a race for him," Doyle said.

Powell set the world record of 9.77 seconds in June 2005. The Jamaican has matched that time twice, and American Justin Gatlin has matched it once. Gatlin faces a suspension of up to eight years following a positive doping test for testosterone and other steroids at the Kansas Relays last April. His appeal is pending.

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