Gatlin blames TV schedul­ing for Ja­maican star in­jury

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Justin Gatlin agreed with the com­plaints of the Ja­maican re­lay team that a long wait be­fore their 4x100m fi­nal at the World Cham­pi­onships on Satur­day con­trib­uted to the in­jury suf­fered by Usain Bolt in his last race.

Bolt, hav­ing been passed the ba­ton by Yo­han Blake, was in third be­hind Great Bri­tain and the United States, who even­tu­ally won gold and sil­ver, but pulled up al­most 50 me­tres from the line and fell to the track.

Ja­maica’s team doc­tor later said that the 30-year-old had suf­fered a ham­string cramp.

Bolt’s team­mates com­plained that a 45-minute wait in the call room be­fore the race had ham­pered their prepa­ra­tions.

“I think they were hold­ing us too long in the call room,” Blake told re­porters.

“Usain was re­ally cold. In fact Usain said to me ‘Yo­han, I think this is crazy’. Forty min­utes and two medal pre­sen­ta­tions be­fore our run.”

Gatlin, who beat Bolt to gold in the 100m last Satur­day, agreed with the com­plaints and laid the blame at the tele­vi­sion schedul­ing for the event.

“I know it’s TV magic, and every­body has to be pre­pared on time to make ev­ery­thing hap­pen for the view­ers at home.

“(But) I per­son­ally think that we were held in the stadium a lit­tle too long with­out our clothes on, and there was a lit­tle draught in there. I lost all my sweat and body heat,” Gatlin said.

When asked if he thought that con­trib­uted to Bolt’s in­jury, the 35-year-old said: “I be­lieve so.

“Know­ing how Usain performs, he’s al­ways ready, he’s al­ways mak­ing sure he’s not in­jured and it’s very rare to see Usain in­jured when he comes to per­for­mances.” Reuters

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