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Bolt’s 200m Achilles heel

other Updated: Jul 08, 2010 02:18 IST

Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt’s remaining 200 metres season may be in jeopardy because of a strained Achilles tendon, the Jamaican said on Wednesday.

“I have no idea, but I am praying on it,” said Bolt when asked if he would run another 200 metres this season.

“The doctor said in four weeks I should be OK.”

Bolt has switched to the 100 metres from the 200 for Thursday’s Diamond League meeting in Lausanne to avoid further injury.

“He (the doctor) does not want me to run the bend until I am 100 per cent fit because it would put more stress on my Achilles tendon,” said the world 100, 200 metres record holder.

Bolt developed a tightness in his left Achilles tendon in late May after running a 300 metres in Ostrava. He has not run since and only resumed speed work last week. He has the year’s fastest time for the 200, having run 19.56 seconds in Kingston in May. “I have no clue (about fitness), Bolt said. “The doctor said the foot is getting better.”

But talking about his only real work on the bend, Bolt added: “I aggravated the injury and had to stop. “In the morning, it (the tendon) is kind of stiff,” the world’s fastest man said, “but it goes away.”

The 23-year-old said he faced a similar situation when he begins to warm up, but eventually the pain and stiffness goes.

Bolt thought Thursday’s race, his second 100 metres of the season, would be a good test. “I just wanted to see where I am at,” Bolt said.

“I know I can always go a good time because I am still in good shape.”