Jamaican sprint sensation suffering from back trouble.
Fresh off his loss to American Tyson Gay in the 100 meters at the Stockholm Diamond League meeting last Friday night, Usain Bolt, the world-record holder in the 100 and 200 meters and reigning Olympic and world champion in both of those events, announced on Tuesday that his 2010 outdoor season is finished.
“I am very disappointed to miss two of the top meetings on the circuit … but trust that it is better for me not to take any risks this year,” Bolt said, according to his manager, Ricky Simms. “2011 and 2012 are very important Championship years and I hope to be back fully fit and healthy. I would like to thank everyone for their support and look forward to coming back stronger next year.”
Reported to be struggling with Achilles tendon injury earlier in the year, Bolt missed his scheduled season-opener at the Diamond League’s debut meeting in Doha on May 14. He opened with a then world-leading time of 9.86 seconds to win the 100 meters at a meet in South Korea later that week, and later ran a season’s best of 9.82 seconds to win the 100 meters at the Lausanne meeting on July 8.
Bolt’s announcement squashes any hope of a season-ending sprint showdown with Gay and fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell at the Diamond League finale in Brussels on August 27.
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