Usain Bolt announced today through his management group that he will end his season, canceling his commitments to the Zurich and Brussels Diamond League events. Bolt was evaluated by a doctor in Munich, Germany yesterday, when lower back tightness was found that “restricts his ability to generate power in his stride and continuing to race in this condition could risk injury to his hamstrings or calf muscles.” Read the full release here.
The revelation of this back injury explains his lackluster race in Stockholm that resulted in his first loss in two years. The lower back has a tremendous impact on the start and drive phases of the 100m, portions of the race that Bolt especially struggled with. Despite this, I wonder how much of this decision is based on not wanting to lose again. He was scheduled to run for team Jamaica in an exhibition 4×100 race in Zurich against a field that includes a United States team led by Tyson Gay. If the two were to match up again on the anchor leg, another loss on Bolt’s part would be even more embarrassing.
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