16 JAN 2007 General News Kingston, Jamaica

Powell to run one lap opener in Kingston

Asafa Powell after yet another 9.77 World record (Getty Images)Asafa Powell after yet another 9.77 World record (Getty Images) © Copyright

  World 100m record holder Asafa Powell will open his 2007 season at a local track & field meet on 27 January.

The track meet, named in the honour of Jamaica's 1988 Olympic 200m silver medallist, Grace Jackson, will be staged at the National Stadium east complex.

Powell's coach Stephen Francis confirmed his athlete participation at the local meet, but said "he will run the 400m. That's the way we normally start the season," Francis told AFP.

Powell, who ran 12 wind legal sub-10 second times in 2006 and won a share of the IAAF Golden League Jackpot, will run two 400m races this season.

"He is going to run two 400m races this season, both locally. The second one will probably be at Gibson Relays, an international meet (February 24 th) at the National Stadium or G.C. Foster Classic, a local meet (March 10th)," added Francis.

Anthony Foster for the IAAF