Bolt cuts short his 2014 season
Olympic 100m champion Usain Bolt has brought his 2014 season to a premature end, organisers of the Diamond League have confirmed.
The Jamaican world record holder – who ran 9.98 seconds indoors in Poland on Saturday – will not compete in Thursday’s final event in Zurich.
The decision was made by the 28-year-old’s coach, Glen Mills.
Bolt, who has run only three races this season, won gold with Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team at the Commonwealth Games.
“Usain’s body has delivered tremendous performances over the last years,” said Diamond League Final meet director Patrick Magyar. “But it is a body and not a machine.
“If an athlete of that level and his coach feel more rest is needed, we are certainly not going to question this and fully support this decision.”
Bolt only ran his first 100m of the year in an exhibition race on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach on August 17. He posted a time of 10.6 seconds before turning out in Warsaw on Saturday.
His last competitive individual appearance at the 100m came in Brussels last year.