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Usain Bolt Pulls Out of Jamaica Trials

KINGSTON — World record holder Usain Bolt withdrew from the Jamaica Championships, according to reports coming out of Kingston.

Bolt was scheduled to race in the quarter-finals of the men’s 100 metres on Thursday’s first day of the trials, but according to reports in Kingston, the sprint sensation will now be a no-show.

The reports claimed that his coach Glen Mills made the decision to pull him from the Jamaica Championships after his training session on Wednesday evening.

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Bolt, the reigning World Championships sprint double champion has struggled with his form this season and had planned to use this weekend’s national trials as a way to get more raced under his belt.

It was believed the double Olympic champion initially wanted to race in at least the quarter-finals of the 100m in Kingston and then see how things go before making a decision.

However, it is clear coach n saw something during his practice session on Wednesday that alerted him into pulling Bolt from the meet.

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His none participation at these trials raised further concerns over his fitness for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, later this summer.

The six-time Olympic Games gold medallist will now concentrate on getting things together in training before his next scheduled meet in Paris at the IAAF Diamond League meeting on July 4.

He also has a date in Lausanne on July 9 and coach Mills will use those to assess his season before the showdowns with some of the world’s best sprinters, including American world-leader Justin Gatlin, in Beijing.

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The 28-year-old has guaranteed spots to the world championships, having won the sprint double at the last edition in Moscow, Russia, in 2013.

Bolt owns the world records at 9.58 seconds and 19.19 seconds, but only has season’s bests of 10.12 secs and 20.29 secs for the 100m and 200m.

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Gary Smith is one of the leading writers for World-Track.org. He has over 10 years of running experience, as well as eight-years of coaching while covering several events, from the international to college level. Smith, who has covered events for publications such as Caribbean Net News, Cayman Net News, AFP and Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), is also a frequent contributor of SportingAlert.com and TrackAlerts.com.

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