Injured Bolt to miss Invitational
KINGSTON – Six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt has pulled out of this weekend’s Jamaica Invitational with a hamstring strain which he picked up during training last weekend.
“I am disappointed to miss the Kingston meet as I love running in front of my home crowd in Jamaica. I’m told it is only a grade one strain so, hopefully, I will be okay soon,” Bolt said in a statement.
His agent Ricky Simms confirmed the injury was not a serious one.
“It’s a small strain and he’s hoping to be okay for next week but you know it’s day by day . . . maybe for the two or three days. It’s just a problem of sprinting,” he said.
The 26-year-old Bolt, who holds the 100 and 200 metres world records, was scheduled to participate in the 200 metres alongside fellow Jamaican Warren Weir, who captured bronze at last year’s London Olympics. He will now turn his attention to the Cayman Islands meet next Wednesday in George Town where he is down to compete in the 100 metres.
Bolt is preparing for the Diamond League season, which opens in Doha on May 10, and the World Championships in Moscow in August.
Training partner and reigning 100 metres World champion Yohan Blake is also set to miss the Jamaica Invitational with a similar hamstring injury. (CMC)