Powell has groin problem

Updated: July 11, 2008, 3:47 PM ET
Associated Press

ROME -- Former world-record holder Asafa Powell pulled out of the 100-meter final at the Golden Gala meet Friday with a groin problem.

The Jamaican burst out of the blocks in his heat, took the lead midway, then pulled up and crossed fifth in 10.19 seconds. Though he claimed the final qualifying spot for the nine-man final, Powell decided not to run.

"He's OK, but he felt his groin cramp up and stopped running as a precaution," said Paul Doyle, Powell's manager.

Doyle said it was a new injury but acknowledged Powell has had problems with his groin.

Nesta Carter won Powell's heat in 10.06 seconds, and Michael Frater took the second heat in 10.07.

Powell's Jamaican teammate Usain Bolt set the 100-meter world record of 9.72 seconds in New York on May 31, improving on Powell's 9.74.

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