About Ja­maican sprint star’s fit­ness

Con­cerns raised

CityPress - - Sport - DANIEL MOTHOWAGAE dmoth­owa­gae@city­press.co.za

Mul­ti­ple world sprint cham­pion Usain Bolt is grad­u­ally tak­ing on the role of the un­der­dog in the run-up to the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions World Cham­pi­onships in China next month. The Ja­maican sen­sa­tion’s sud­den with­drawal from the Paris (France) and Lausanne (Switzer­land) Diamond League meet­ings this week has height­ened con­cerns about his fit­ness lev­els go­ing into the global cham­pi­onship in Bei­jing.

The six-time Olympic cham­pion missed the re­cent Ja­maican Na­tional Se­nior Cham­pi­onships and is cur­rently re­ceiv­ing treat­ment in Mu­nich, Ger­many, for a trou­ble­some pelvis in­jury.

In com­par­i­son, his US sprint ri­vals Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay, as well as his com­pa­triot Asafa Pow­ell, have been burn­ing up the track with fast times.

Eight-time world cham­pion Bolt, how­ever, has yet to dip un­der 10 sec­onds in the 100m or break 20 sec­onds in his spe­cial­ist 200m.

Even Anaso Jo­bod­wana – with a sea­son-best time of 20.04 – has run faster than Bolt’s mark of 20.29 in the 200m.

Akani Sim­bine’s 9.99-sec­ond win in Slove­nia this week, as well as Hen­ri­cho Bru­in­tjies’ sea­son best of 10.06, are also quicker than Bolt’s sea­son best of 10.12 in the 100m.

Gatlin is cur­rently the world’s fastest man over the 100m and 200m dash. He ran per­sonal bests of 9.74 sec­onds in

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