Sat | Jan 22, 2022

It hurts really bad – Kemar Bailey-Cole on World Championships withdrawal

Published:Sunday | August 16, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Sprinter Kemar Bailey-Cole is to start receiving treatment on his injured hamstring during the course of the IAAF World Championships that begins in Beijing this Friday.

Bailey-Cole posted on his Facebook page this past weekend that he has withdrawn from Jamaica's team because of an injury suffered during training last Friday.

"Most of the doctors I would be seeing are here," said Bailey-Cole, who injured both hamstrings while finishing third in the 100 metres at the Sainsbury Anniversary Games in London in a personal best 9.92 seconds.

The lanky sprinter - tipped to be the 'next Usain Bolt' - was looking for redemption after finishing just outside of the medals in Moscow in 2013. However, it has been a roller-coaster ride for him this season.

He was struck down by the Chikungunya virus and as a result ran poorly at the IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas in May. He returned to competition and had been improving before hamstring injuries started affecting him. Bailey-Cole returned to competition in London, only to suffer injury again while achieving a personal best time.

He said it is painful not being able to compete in the 100 metres that begins on Friday.

"It hurts really bad that I can't compete because all that I wanted to do was compete and get a medal," said Bailey-Cole, whose withdrawal has also impacted Jamaica's sprint relay team's shot at a gold medal.

"It's bitter because from last Worlds I kept telling myself that I would medal at the next one."

Now that his chances of getting a medal in Beijing have been dashed, Bailey-Cole said he will focus on healing and is looking forward to the next big event, the Olympics, in Rio, Brazil in 2016.

"Everything happens for a reason and maybe God had bigger plans for me next year," he said.

- Leighton Levy