No Blake, Powell clash at UTech Classic, says Paul Francis

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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THERE will not be a clash between IAAF World Championships 100m champion Yohan Blake and former world record holder Asafa Powell in the 100m at this Saturday’s fifth staging of the UTech Classic at the National Stadium.


Paul Francis, Meet Director for the event told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that Powell has been entered in the 200m race, while Blake confirmed to the Observer a day earlier he would be contesting the 100m.


Speculations were rife that Blake and Powell could meet for the first time since their clash at the National Senior Trials last year when Powell won a close race ahead of Blake.


Blake went on to win the 100m gold medal in Daegu, South Korea, while Powell was sidelined by a groin injury.


There could be a clash of sorts, however, as both MVP and Racers are expected to field full strength teams in the men’s 4x100m relay, after the Yohan Blake-led Racers team easily won their only meeting this year, at the Gibson Relays in February.


An MVP team that included Powell, Nesta Carter and Michael Frater was beaten by SWEPT at the Milo Western Relays two weeks earlier.


The Observer also learnt that two-time IAAF World Junior 100m champion and a member of the gold medal winning team at last year’s IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Dexter Lee, would also be contesting the 200m after running the event at the recent UWI Classic at the Usain Bolt track in Mona.


The meet had been billed as 'The best of Racers v the best of MVP' and is set to feature the best of the two top track and field clubs in the island with an array of Olympic and World champions.


A number of MVP athletes, including World and Olympic champions Melaine Walker, Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce, relay gold medallists Carter, the IAAF World Indoors 60m silver medallist, and Frater, as well as former World Championships 100m hurdles gold medallist Brigitte Foster-Hylton are all down to take part.


World University Games gold medallists shot putter O'Dayne Richards, and sprinters Carrie Russell and Jacques Harvey are also expected to take part in the meet.


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