Drug Testers Go After Powell
Jamaican sprint star Asafa Powell, who recently lost the men's 100 world record, complained that he had been drug-tested four times since his arrival to Beijing two weeks ago, expressing concern about the amount of blood the tests required.
Unlike in U.S. professional sports, Olympic drug-testing includes the examination of blood anand urine.
"About 2 days ago, I got pretty upset, because since I've been here, they have tested me 4 times, and took blood, a lot of blood," Powell said during a meeting with reporters as Nike's downtown headquarters in Beijing. "They are taking so much blood that we are going to be very weak for the finals of the 100 meters."
Added Powell: "I accept how important it is. They say that they're doing over 4,000 tests. But, it's just difficult. But hopefully they can catch all those on it and make the Olympics very clean."
The heats of the 100 begin Friday, and Powell's matchup with current world-record holder USain Bolt and reigning world champion Tyson Gay is considered one of the most anticipated events of these Olympics.
Powell was widely criticized after fading in the 100 at the world championships in Osaka, Japan, last year, and then acknowledging that the pressure had gotten to him.
"In Osaka, if I would have run like I was running in practice, I would have been the winner in that race," he said. "I was thinking of stuff I shouldn't be thinking of... If I go out and think like I'm supposed to, I'll be the winner."
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