Bolt set to skip World Relays to stay injury-free

Usain Bolt said he was happy with his training for the final few months of his career, which will end with his retirement after the world championships in August.
Usain Bolt said he was happy with his training for the final few months of his career, which will end with his retirement after the world championships in August.PHOTO: REUTERS

KINGSTON • Usain Bolt is poised to miss next month's International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Relays in the Bahamas as he prepares to retire from the sport this year.

The reigning Olympic 100m and 200m champion told reporters at a track meeting in Kingston on Saturday that he was unlikely to feature in the Jamaica squad for the two-day championship set for April 22-23.

"My coach hasn't said anything about it (World Relays), so I doubt that I will be competing there this year. I am just trying to stay injury-free," said Bolt, who is looking forward to his final race on home soil, the Racers Track Club Grand Prix set for June 10.

"It's just going to be exciting and emotional. I think it might be a little bit emotional, but I am looking forward to it. It's my coach's meet, so I am excited to be a part of it," he added of the Kingston meet.

As the reigning world champion over 100m and 200m, he qualifies automatically for the world championships in London and will not take part at the Jamaican Championships qualifying event in June.

The 30-year-old said he was happy with his training for the final few months of his career, which will end with his retirement after the world championships in August.

"Everything is going smoothly, so the key thing is to stay injury-free. I am just going to continue pushing myself and pushing my body and I hope it will work out," he said.

Bolt, the fastest man ever, retained his Olympic 100m, 200m and 4x100m crowns at last year's Rio de Janeiro Games.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 15, 2017, with the headline 'Bolt set to skip World Relays to stay injury-free'. Print Edition | Subscribe