Usain Bolt's 200 Meters Season in Possible Jeopardy

Jul 7, 2010
Outside Magazine

Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt said Wednesday that he might miss the remainder of his 200 meters season with a strained Achilles tendon, according to Reuters.

The Jamaican sprinter, who holds the world record in the 100 and 200 meters, developed tightness in his Achilles in late may running a 300-meter race and has not run since.  He began speed work last week, which aggravated the tendon.

Bolt said his doctor did not want him to run around the bend on the track, which is part of the 200-meter race, as turning can put more stress on the Achilles.  Bolt is expected to heal in about four weeks.  In the meantime, Bolt will continue to run the 100 meters.

Just how fast is Bolt?  Check our June Wild File to see him (hypothetically) pitted against a sprint cyclist.

--Michael Webster

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