Powell pulls out of London Diamond League meet

By the Associated Press | August 5, 2011 | 9:30 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell has pulled out of Friday's Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace, citing a groin injury.

In a statement released by organizers, Powell says he has felt tightness in his groin since competing in Budapest on Saturday and he "just can't take the risk" with the world championships beginning Aug. 27 in Daegu, South Korea.

The 28-year-old Powell has the fastest 100-meter time in the world this season of 9.78 seconds. He is aiming to beat defending champion Usain Bolt at the world championships for his first major individual title.

Powell had been scheduled to run the 100 on Friday night.