Powell confident of proving his fitness despite pulling out of Crystal Palace
09:57 GMT, 13 July 2012
Former world record holder Asafa Powell insists he will be fit for the Olympics despite withdrawing from the Aviva London Grand Prix for the second year running.
Powell was due to take on American Tyson Gay over 100 metres at Crystal Palace this evening, but has pulled out with a groin strain.
The 29-year-old Jamaican said: 'I've been carrying some soreness in my groin since the Olympic trials and have been unable to train at 100 per cent.
Ready for action: Former world record holder Asafa Powell is confident he will be fit for London 2012 despite being forced out of the London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace
'I need to ensure I'm ready for the Games and cannot take any risks. I will be ready in August.'
However, worryingly for Powell fans, the Olympic relay gold medallist expressed similar sentiments 12 months ago when he also missed the race with a groin injury which subsequently kept him out of the World Championships.
He said at the time: 'I am focusing on Daegu and as much as I'd like to run tonight, I just can't take the risk with the major championships three weeks away.'
Powell is the fourth fastest man in the world this year behind compatriots Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt and American Justin Gatlin.
He has run under 10 seconds more than 80 times in his career, but has never won an individual title at a major international championship, finishing fifth in the Olympic 100m final in both Athens and Beijing