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Asafa Powell Has Landed in Rio For Olympics, Will Run 4x100m relays Only

Asafa Powell a.k.a the ‘Sub-10 King‘ has landed in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the 2016 Olympics set for August 5-21. The Jamaican sprinter has revealed on Instagram that he is currently at the Olympic training camp.

Powell was named in Jamaica’s 63-member Olympic delegation to the Olympic games by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), the national governing body for the sport of athletics / track and field in Jamaica: 59 in Track and Field, 2 swimmers, 1 diver and 1 Gymnast.

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This will be an odd Olympics for the former record holder as he was named to compete in only the 4x100m relays with teammates Nickel Ashmeade, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt, and Jevaughn Minzie. He failed to qualify for Men’s 100m after finishing fourth at the Jamaican Olympic Trials in Kingston on Jul 2.

Of the 59 track athletes Jamaica will send to Rio, 42 will be running or hurdling over distances of 400 meters or less.