KINGSTON, Jamaica (Sporting Alert) — Usain Bolt has picked up a “slight problem” during the just concluded Jamaica Olympic Games trials last weekend and has pulled out of the Diamond League Meeting in Monaco.
Bolt’s coach Glen Mills confirmed the decision on Wednesday, stating that the problem will need time for treatment and enough time to training before the Olympics in London later this summer.
Mills had revealed that the Jamaican speedster was not 100 percent at the trials and he’s now confirming the he needs time to prepare.
“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,” Mills said in a statement made available by Bolt’s agent Ricky Simms.
Bolt, the defending Olympic sprint double champion and double world record holder, was beaten into second place in the 100m and 200m at the Jamaica trials.
He ran 9.86 seconds to take second to training partner and world champion Yohan Blake, who won the 100m in a personal best and stadium record of 9.75.
Blake also defeat Bolt over the 200m after 19.80 to his good friend’s 19.83.
The 25-year-old star, however, has vowed to recover and successfully defend his crowns at the Games.