ATHLETICS: Bolt ends 2014 season, runs 9.98 to win in Poland
Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
Usain Bolt has decided to end his truncated 2014 one race early.
Organisers of the Weltklasse Zurich confirmed on Saturday that the world record holder had decided to end his season and will miss the meeting set for Thursday, August 28.
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,” said the statement from the meet organisers.
Meet director, Patrick Magyar, understood the decision to withdraw Bolt from the meet where he was down to race Great Britain’s sprint champions Adam Gemili and James Dasaolu.
"Usain’s body has delivered tremendous performances over the last years but it is a body not a machine," he said.
If an athlete is at that level and his coach feels more rest is needed, we are certainly not going to question this and fully support the decision.”
In what has turned out to be his last race of the season, Bolt ran a season best 9.98 seconds, unofficially an indoor record, at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial in Warsaw on Saturday.
The eight-time world champion only ran two individual races this season.
He clocked 10.06 seconds in Brazil on August 17.
Before that he ran two anchor legs for Jamaica’s gold medal winning team at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on August 1 and 2 respectively.
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