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Bolt ends season early

Published:Monday | August 25, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Usain Bolt of Jamaica holds up his trophies after competing in the men's 100m race during the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial athletics meeting at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, on Saturday. - AP


Usain Bolt has decided to end his injury-plagued season early, having competed in just three races in 2014.

Organisers for Thursday's Diamond League meeting in Zurich said yesterday that Bolt had withdrawn from the event's 100-metre race and will not compete again this season.

The decision comes a day after the Olympic champion and world record-holder won a 100m race in Warsaw, Poland, clocking 9.98 seconds.

The statement said Bolt's coach, Glen Mills, "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".

Bolt's preparations for the season were disrupted by a foot injury and his only other appearances in 2014 were in the 4x100 relay for Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and a 100m exhibition race in Rio de Janeiro.

No major titles

He won all three events, but without displaying the type of speed that has made him the sport's biggest star. Saturday was the first time this year he ran a 100m race in under 10 seconds.

With no major titles on offer in 2014, Bolt hopes to be back to full fitness for next year's World Championships in Beijing, which will mark a return to the Bird's Nest stadium where he won three Olympic golds in 2008 and set as many world records.

His absence will be a major blow to European meet organisers, though, as the Jamaican remains the sport's biggest draw.

However, Zurich meet director, Patrick Magyar, said he understood Bolt's decision.

"Usain's body has delivered tremendous performances over the last years. But, it is a body and not a machine," Magyar said. "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."