General News Zurich, Switzerland

Usain Bolt ends season

Usain Bolt at the 2014 LOTTO Kamila Skolimowska Memorial meeting in Warsaw (Marek Biczyk / organisers)Usain Bolt at the 2014 LOTTO Kamila Skolimowska Memorial meeting in Warsaw (Marek Biczyk / organisers) © Copyright

After his 9.98 100m performance in Warsaw on Saturday night, Usain Bolt has decided to end his 2014 season and will not compete in the 100m at the IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich this coming Thursday, organisers for the Swiss meeting announced on Sunday (24).

Bolt’s background training this year was disrupted by injury and while his coach Glen Mills is satisfied with his performances in the three competitions he took part in, he feels it is now time to bring an end to the season while the sprinter is healthy and injury free, with a view to his preparations for the 2015 season.

Bolt will now take a period of rest, do some sponsor activities, and then resume training in October.

Patrick Magyar, meeting director of Weltklasse Zurich, regrets but understands Bolt and his coach’s decision: “Usain’s body has delivered tremendous performances over the last years but it is a body and not a machine. 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.”

Organisers for the IAAF