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Bolt, Powell clash in Beijing taster

india Updated: Jul 22, 2008 01:04 IST

Jamaican rivals Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell clash in a mouthwatering Beijing Olympics 100m appetizer on Tuesday ahead of a crucial week of sprint shadowboxing.

Bolt set the new 100m world record of 9.72sec in May, deposing compatriot Powell, who held the previous mark of 9.74.

Powell will go into the race under an injury cloud having pulled up with a groin strain at his last outing in Rome earlier this month while Bolt has been buoyed by having set the 5th fastest 200m of all time this season.

Bolt and Powell last met at their national championships on June 28, with the world’s fastest man getting the better of his teammate winning in 9.85s to 9.97s. After Tuesday’s race, Powell will then head to London to face Tyson Gay on Friday.

Bush meets US Olympians

Washington: Presidnet George W. Bush gave US Olympians a rousing White House send-off to next month's games in Beijing, urging them on Monday to "compete swifter, higher and stronger" but also be mindful they will be "ambassadors of liberty" to the people of China and elsewhere.

While talking to the athletes about their responsibilities in Beijing, Bush had a subtle message for China itself. "You will convey our nation's most cherished values," the president said. "As ambassadors of liberty, you will represent America's love for freedom and our regard for human rights and human dignity ... to other athletes and to the people of China." Bush beamed with pride at Team USA.

Reena maintains hopes

NEW DELHI: Even as archer Reena Kumari still hopes to make the Beijing cut after Sport Minister M S Gill's "assurances", IOA on Monday said there would be no change in the already selected squad.

Reena had made a representation to the Sports Minister after she failed to make the Beijing squad despite finishing first in two of the three selection trials.