Asafa Powell to make 2018 Indoor bow at Millrose Games

Written by on January 29, 2018

Jamaican record holder Asafa Powell will make his first appearance indoors since copping silver at the 2016 World Indoor Championships when he lines up in the 60m at Saturday’s Millrose Games inside the New Balance Track and Field Centre at The Armory in New York.

Powell, who is continuing his comeback after a lengthy layoff due to an Achilles injury, which he suffered last year, is looking to make a return to the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham in March.

He shook off some of last season’s rust with a 6.73s run at the Queens/Grace Jackson meet at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday.

Speaking ahead of next Saturday’s assignment, the former 100m world record holder underlined that he is eager to show his form, adding that he is excited about what will be his first time competing at the highly-rated indoor track and field festival.

“Millrose marks a few firsts for me. It’s my first time back on the track after my Achilles injury, it’s my first time at the Millrose Games itself and it’s my first indoor meet for the season. I’m excited to make this my first indoor win,” said Powell.

The 35-year-old broke the Jamaican record in the 60m at the 2016 World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon – clocking 6.44 seconds on the way to winning his heat and in the process bettering Lerone Clarke’s 6.47 seconds, which was set in 2012.

Powell, known for his blistering first phase, repeated his mark – again stopping the clock at 6.44 seconds in the semi-final stage of the championships, before going on to take the silver medal in 6.50 behind Trayvon Brommel, 6.47 seconds.

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