Olympics: Usain Bolt seeks cure for hamstring injury that could derail Rio dream

There are worries Usain Bolt's hamstring tear may be more problematic than first anticipated, and the setback has thrown his preparations for Rio into disarray. Photo / Getty Images.
There are worries Usain Bolt's hamstring tear may be more problematic than first anticipated, and the setback has thrown his preparations for Rio into disarray. Photo / Getty Images.

Usain Bolt will visit Dr Hans Muller-Wohlfahrt in Germany this week as he looks for a cure to the injury that is threatening his Olympic dream.

There are worries the grade one hamstring tear which forced Bolt to pull out of the Jamaica National Senior Championships at the weekend may be more problematic than first anticipated, and the setback has thrown his preparations for Rio into disarray.

Bolt has a close relationship with the renowned Muller-Wohlfahrt and 12 months ago, he helped the six-time Olympic gold medallist overcome a pelvic issue in time for him to win the 100m and 200m at the World Championships in Beijing.

It is hoped the treatment Muller-Wohlfahrt administers will ensure Bolt is ready to compete at the Anniversary Games in London, which starts on July 22, and the Jamaican Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) are eager to see him involved in that fixture.

Though his place in the squad for the 100m is assured, the same is not true for the 200m. Bolt had intended to run over the distance for the first time since last August on Saturday but chances are running out to clock an Olympic qualifying figure.

"There is one event in London for him," said Ludlow Watts, the JAAA's team manager. "I'm sure he will use that opportunity to run a good time."

Bolt is bidding to become the first man to win the 100m, 200m and relay at the three consecutive Olympics but he will be aware of the threat posed to his ambitions by his training partner Yohan Blake, who stepped into the spotlight in Kingston this weekend.

Blake, who won silver in the 100m at London in 2012, showed breathtaking speed in all the races he contested at the national stadium and overcame a false start in the 100m final to post a time of 9.95 and show his injury problems are behind him.

Many wondered whether Blake - who is contemplating running at the Anniversary Games - would be able to recapture the dash of four years ago but he said: "A lot of people wrote me off but I have taken my time and worked my way back. I'm getting close to where I want to be.

"I know this is going to be really special and I want to have the same impact as I did in London. Can I beat Usain this time? We will see when the time comes. I'm sure he will be there. All I know is that I am feeling good again. I just want to keep improving with each stride."

- Daily Mail

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