05 JUL 2012 General News

Bolt takes break from circuit competition to make final preparations for Olympic title defence

Usain Bolt cruising through the 200m semis in Kingston (Anthony Foster)Usain Bolt cruising through the 200m semis in Kingston (Anthony Foster) © Copyright
Usain Bolt who qualified to defend his Olympic sprint titles at the recent Jamaican Championships but in the process was beaten at both 100m and 200m by his training partner Yohan Blake, the World 100m champion, has decided to take a break from competition to make his final preparations for the London Olympics.

In a formal statement released by his management team, Bolt’s coach Glen Mills said, "arising from Usain's participation at the National Trials in Kingston this past weekend where he had a slight problem, after careful assessment I have had to withdraw him from the Samsung Diamond League Meeting in Monaco on July 20 to give him sufficient time for treatment and time to train and prepare for the Olympic Games in London."

In the same statement Bolt confirmed, "I am happy to have earned my spot on the Jamaican Olympic team despite the challenge. I will be in London to defend my titles in the 100, 200 and 4 x 100 metres. I want to congratulate my fellow Racers Track Club Members along with the other athletes who made the team. I thank everyone for their support."

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