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Usain Bolt pulls out of Weltklasse Zurich 100mAugust 24, 2014
Jamaican sprinter will not compete in Zurich having decided to end his season after race in Warsaw
Usain Bolt has withdrawn from the 100m at the Weltklasse Zurich on Thursday (August 28) and will not compete any more this season.
On Sunday organisers of the Weltklasse meeting confirmed that following his 100m victory at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial in Warsaw on Saturday the Jamaican sprinter has decided to end his season and will therefore miss the Zurich event.
In a statement, organisers said: “As has been widely reported Usain Bolt’s background training this year was disrupted by injury. His coach Glen Mills is satisfied with his performances in the three competitions he took part in, but feels it is now time to shut it down while he is healthy and injury free with a view on his preparations for the 2015 season. He will now take a period of rest, do some sponsor activities and then resume training in October.”
The six-time Olympic gold medallist’s outing in Poland was only his second individual 100m of the summer after he was forced to delay his return to competitive action following a foot injury.
He anchored the Jamaica team to Commonwealth 4x100m gold in Glasgow before making his 100m season debut at the ‘Mano a Mano’ sprint on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro last weekend when he clocked 10.06. He ran sub-10 seconds for the first time this season in Poland with 9.98.
Bolt had been due to line up alongside the likes of Britain’s newly-crowned European champions Adam Gemili and James Dasaolu in Zurich.
“Usain’s body has delivered tremendous performances over the last years, but it is a body and not a machine,” commented Patrick Magyar, Weltklasse Zurich meeting director.
“If an athlete of that level and his coach feel more rest is needed, we are certainly not going to question this and fully support this decision.”