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Bolt on the back foot after injury

It appears that sprinting superstar Usain Bolt is human after all.

BBC sport reports that the Jamaican athlete has withdrawn from the Diamond League meeting in New York on 12 June because of an inflamed Achilles tendon.

The world and Olympic champion was due to face American Tyson Gay at the meeting in a 100-metre showdown between the world’s two fastest men.

But in a statement by event organisers, Bolt said he had developed stiffness in the tendon last week.

He has been advised to take a two-to-three week break by a doctor.

The meet, which will be held at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island, is the fifth of 14 stops on the Diamond League circuit.

Bolt narrowly failed to break Michael Johnson’s world record in the 300m at the IAAF World Challenge in Ostrava last week.

Nebraska-based South African middle-distance ace Peter van der Westhuizen is expected to run the 1500m at the New York meeting.

One Comment

  1. James Evans

    June 2, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Unfortunately it is sad not to see Usain in action.

    We are holding thumbs for Pieter. It is great to see this youngster in action.

    Exactly 7 days ago, ATHLETICS SOUTH AFRICA promised to have its website up and running. Once again another promise that they are not keeping.

    Please ask them not to make promises if they cant keep it.


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