Sunday 17 December 2017

Athletics: Team Bolt ease fears star is feeling strain

Simon Hart

Usain Bolt's management team insist the triple Olympic champion has nothing more serious than a tight hamstring muscle, although he was in Munich yesterday receiving treatment at the hands of the celebrated sports doctor, Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt.

Concerns have been raised about Bolt's ability to defend his Olympic crowns next month after his coach, Glen Mills, revealed that the sprinter had "a slight problem" and was being withdrawn from the Diamond League meeting in Monaco on July 20, where he had been due to compete in the 200m.

The race was meant to be Bolt's final dress rehearsal for London and it means he will not compete again until the first round of the 100m in the Olympic Stadium on August 4.

The withdrawal of Bolt (right) followed his surprise double defeat by training partner Yohan Blake at last weekend's Jamaican Olympic trials, where he was given hamstring-stretching treatment on the Kingston track straight after the 200m final.

Tyson Gay, the American sprinter who is one of Bolt's main rivals for Olympic 100m gold, was among those who observed something different about the Jamaican's running style at the trials. "I found Usain to be a bit laboured," said Gay.

"He gave the impression that he was forcing it." A source close to Bolt confirmed he'd flown to Germany for a consultation with Muller-Wohlfahrt yesterday but said the appointment had been "scheduled as a check-up long ago, before he had the problems of last weekend". The source added that Bolt was only suffering from tightness and was expected to be recovered within days.

Bolt has been seeing Muller-Wohlfahrt since he was 16 and flies to Ger-many for check-ups at least twice a year. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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