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After a pair of 100m victories in Lausanne and Paris, Samsung Diamond League Ambassador Usain Bolt is back on track after being sidelined for six weeks due to an Achilles injury. In his latest Online Diary, the 100m and 200m World record holder catches us up with some news both on and off the track, including the latest milestone in his career: cracking the 2 million fan barrier on Facebook.
“I am now back home in Jamaica after my two Samsung Diamond League races in Lausanne and Paris. I was happy with both wins, and I look forward to doing better in the other races. Things are getting better now with my Achilles tendon and I am working hard for the next few weeks to rebuild my strength. I know Coach Mills is going to get me in the gym and on the track to catch up for what I missed, but I am up to it.
“It is great to be back home in Jamaica during July as every other year I am in Europe all summer racing and getting ready for a major championship. I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to come home as I know that next year we will be preparing for the IAAF World T&F Championships in Daegu and in 2012 we will be getting ready for the Olympics in London. I hope the weather in Europe is as good next year as it has been this year. This has been the first summer where I got sunshine in both Lausanne and Paris.
"I recently reached 2 million fans on my Facebook which was good – WOW! I have my first book coming out in September – 9.58 My Story - and have been working to get that finished. My Puma clothing range is now available and has received great reviews. In Paris a local artist designed a special vest for me to run in which is something new and exciting.
"I would like to give a special mention to my Racers TC teammates who have been performing very well in Europe. Mario Forsythe improves his 100m and 200m PBs with every race, Jermaine Gonzales is almost at the top of the world in the 400m and Yohan Blake is consistently sub-10 in the 100m. We train hard all winter and it is good to reap the rewards in the summer. Keep it up team Racers.