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Bolt cuts short season short

2014-08-24 17:10
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Zurich - Sprint superstar Usain Bolt has withdrawn from Thursday's Weltklasse meet in Zurich and ended the season, local organizers said Sunday.

A statement said that Bolt's coach Glen Mills decided to stop while Bolt is healthy after an early-season injury, that he will take a rest and start training in October for the 2015 season highlighted by the world championships in Beijing.

The 100m, 200m, and 4x100m double Olympic and multiple world champion Bolt competed in only three events this season. He helped Jamaica win 4x100m relay gold at the recent Commonwealth Games and the decision to quit came after Saturday's 9.98-seconds sprint in Warsaw.

"Usain's body has delivered tremendous performances over the last years. But, it is a body and not a machine. If an athlete of that level and his coach feel more rest is needed, we are certainly not going to question this and fully support this decision," Zurich meet director Patrick Magyar said.

The 2015 worlds are in the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing where Bolt rose to stardom at the 2008 Olympics with world record runs for three golds.

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