Six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt won't compete in the Jamaica International Invitational meeting Saturday because of a slight hamstring strain, his agent told Reuters.
Usain Bolt, a 100- and 200-meter world record holder,
felt tightness in his hamstring while training this past weekend. After consulting with Coach Glen Mills about his hamstring strain, Usain Bolt decided not to risk a serious injury this early in the season, agent Ricky Simms said.
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"It's a small hamstring 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," Simms said in a telephone interview.
Asked if Usain Bolt's injury was serious, Simms replied: "No. He hopes to be running in Cayman by next week, so it's what you call a grade one strain, which is you can't sprint, but you can walk OK. He's not limping or anything."
Bolt was scheduled to run his first 200 meters of the season against Jamaican Olympic bronze medalist Warren Weir and American Wallace Spearmon in the meeting.
His next scheduled race is a 100 meter run in the May 8 Cayman Islands meeting.
"I am disappointed to miss the Kingston meet as I love running in front of my home crowd in Jamaica," Bolt said in a statement. "I'm told it is only a grade one strain so hopefully I will be OK soon."
Bolt started his season in style, clocking 14.42 seconds over 150 meters on March 31 at Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana Beach.
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