Jamaican 6 time Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt has pulled out of the upcoming International Invitational meeting after suffering a slight hamstring strain.
Bolt’s agent Ricky Simms, told reporters that the 100 and 200-meter world record holder experienced tightness while training over the weekend and after consulting with his coach, Glen Mills, he decided not to take any risk at this early stage of the season. In a telephone interview with reporters Simms said, “It’s a small strain and he’s hoping to be OK for next week but you know it’s day by day … maybe for the two or three days. It just a problem of sprinting”.
When the agent was questioned as to the seriousness of the injury he said Bolt hopes to be running in the Cayman Islands by next week, as the strain was only grade one, which is when the runner can’t sprint but he can walk. He also said Bolt was not limping.
The meet which is scheduled for this Saturday should have seen Bolt running his first 200 meters of the season against fellow Jamaican and Olympic bronze medalist, Warren Weir and also American, Wallace Spearmon. Bolt is scheduled to race in the Cayman Islands on May 8th where he will run the 100 meters. In a statement, Bolt revealed his disappointment at not being able to compete and is hopeful that he will be able to compete in the Cayman Islands.
On March 31st Bolt began his season on Rio de Janiero’s Copacabana Beach, where he clocked 14.42 seconds over 150 meters on a purpose built track.