A day after speeding to 9.98 in the rarely run indoor 100m in Warsaw, Poland, a statement from his connections has confirmed that the Jamaican superstar will shut down his season.
A statement from the organisers said Bolt’s coach, Glen Mills, was satisfied with the sprinter’s performances on his comeback from the foot injury which had delayed his start to the season, but “feels it is now time to shut it down while he is healthy and injury free with a view on his preparations for the 2015 season”.
The six-time Olympic champion, who will resume training in October, will be looking to retain his world 100m and 200m crowns at the World Championships in Beijing next year.
The world’s fastest man has competed only four times in 2014, twice at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow as he anchored Jamaica to 4x100m relay gold, on the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro in the Mano a Manorace where he won in 10.06sec and then in Warsaw, where his time was an unofficial world best for an indoor 100m.
Bolt had been due to take on Great Britain’s European champions James Dasaolu and Adam Gemili in Zurich.
Patrick Magyar, the Weltklasse meeting director, said: “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.”
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