Friday 20 October 2017

Powell thrills Carlow club with surprise visit

Athletics

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

NEWS that a groin strain has forced Asafa Powell to withdraw from the World Championships has disappointed one Carlow athletics club who got to know him personally in the last week.

The Jamaican sprinter was in Ireland for treatment from well-known Carlow physical therapist Anthony Geoghegan and thrilled local athletics fans by visiting St Laurence O'Toole (SLOT) AC twice. Powell's coach Micky Ruben also gave a three-hour coaching session at short notice to over 50 Irish coaches at their club house.

"Asafa and 400m hurdler Kaliese Spencer came down for an hour last Thursday night to meet our athletes and then came back again the following night to give a talk to the coaches," revealed SLOT secretary Olive Brennan.

"We made them all honorary members and presented them with club hoodies." Geoghegan, a club member, has built up such a reputation that Irish-American Paul Doyle, one of the top athletics agents in the world, recruited him recently to treat some of his superstars.

Geoghegan travelled to Daegu this week to continue working on Powell, but the former 100m world record holder and fastest man this year (9.78 seconds) had to pull out of his anticipated clash with Usain Bolt yesterday, though he is expected to make Jamaica's 4x100m relay.

Irish Independent

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