Kingston - Usain Bolt is no longer listed to run the 100 metres at
Jamaica's national senior trials on Thursday, sparking concerns about
his fitness ahead of defending his sprint titles at this year's world
championships in Beijing.
The 100m and 200m world record holder
has struggled for form this year with modest best times of 10.12 seconds
in Brazil and 20.13 in Ostrava.
The 10-times world championship
medallist, who expressed concerns after a pedestrian 20.29 to win the
200m at the recent New York Diamond League meeting, had intended to run
at the Jamaican trials as he seeks race sharpness.
But Bolt's name
was missing from a list of athletes for the 100m released by the
Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) late on Wednesday.
The 100m gets underway at 1000 local time on Thursday with a qualifying round. The quarter-finals are scheduled for 1855.
had been entered along with Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell and Nesta Carter
in the preliminary list published by the JAAA on Sunday.
six-times Olympic gold medallist has wildcard entries for the 100m and
200m at the world championships in Beijing from Aug. 22-30 as defending
Bolt's coach Glen Mills and agent Ricky Simms have yet to respond to questions about what Bolt's next move will be.