Tired Usain Bolt cancels trip to Asia

By Symone Goss, World-Track

usainbolt11World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt has cancelled his Asian two race meeting trip because of a tight schedule, organizers said Wednesday.

The Jamaican world record holder over both the 100m and 200m was slated to race in the Daegu World Athletic Championships Meeting and in Shanghai later this month, but withdrew from the events, citing being fatigue.

"Bolt’s agency informed us that he can’t compete here due to his tight schedule," an official from Bolt’s sponsor Puma was quoted as telling The Korea Times.

The championships committee also confirmed Bolt’s decision.

"They confirmed by e-mail this morning that Bolt can’t participate in the pre-championship.

"We tried to persuade him to run, but he had already made up his mind. The agency wanted him to run but he was very firm on that."

The 23-year-old sprinter who set world records in both the 100m (9.58) and 200m (19.19) at the world championships in Berlin last month, has been busy since his golden runs with his next scheduled race down for this weekend’s World Athletics Final where he will run the 200m.

Bolt blasted to 19.57secs, the fourth fastest time ever over the 200m at the Memorial Van Damme Golden League meet in Brussels, on September 5, but the signs were clear that he is running on tired legs.

"He ran well in Brussels, but was also complaining that it was very tough, he was getting tired," his manager Ricky Simms said. "So we are analyzing what he does the rest of the season."

Bolt, who has been on the road since July 1 made evident after that race what his intentions are.

"Oh my God, I can’t wait. I’m really looking forward to going home," he said.

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