Athletics: Injury forces Bolt to withdraw from Paris and Lausanne races

Usain Bolt of Jamaica reacts after winning the 200m at the IAAF Diamond League Grand Prix track and field competition in New York on June 13, 2015.
Usain Bolt of Jamaica reacts after winning the 200m at the IAAF Diamond League Grand Prix track and field competition in New York on June 13, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

KINGSTON (Reuters) - Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt's troubled season continued on Tuesday when he pulled out of the Paris and Lausanne Diamond League meetings due to a leg injury.

"I'm disappointed not to be able to compete in Paris and Lausanne. I love running at these meetings but at the moment I am unable to compete at 100 per cent. I look forward to getting back into full training as soon as possible," he said on his website.

The Paris meeting is on Saturday with Lausanne the following Thursday with Bolt planning to run one 100m and one 200m race.

Jamaica's 14-time Olympic and world champion pulled out of the 100m at the Jamaican trials last Thursday.

"He (Bolt) has been feeling discomfort in his left leg since his last competition which has restricted his training," a statement from his management team said.

Bolt, 28, has struggled for form this season with moderate best times of 10.12 in the 100 metres and 20.13 in the 200.

He has wildcard entries to the world championships in Beijing in August.

"He will spend the next couple of days in Munich getting treatment after which he will resume full training in his quest to defend his titles at the world championships," the statement added.