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London 2012 Olympics: Bolt doubtful for glory

Question marks over Usain Bolt’s fitness continue to hamper the Jamaican sprinter’s build-up to the defence of his gold medal titles in London.

The triple gold medallist from Beijing is the number one attraction of the London Games, but the question mark over his troublesome hamstring has added an extra layer of intrigue to what is already an eye-watering exciting 100 metres race.

Bolt needed some stretching and massage treatment for a tight hamstring following his 200m defeat by Yohan Blake in the Jamaican trials at the start of the month, having also lost to Blake in the 100m days earlier when he looked to be nursing the injury with a tentative start.

Bolt was in Germany to see renowned German sports doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt, though his agent Ricky Simms said the trip had been long-scheduled as part of his regular ‘prehabilitation’ regime.

The 6ft 5ins (1.95m) sprinter suffered with hamstring troubles early in his career, a problem linked to a curvature in his spine, and has to put himself through a gruelling stretching and conditioning regime to prevent any recurrence.

Bolt, like the rest of the all-conquering Jamaica athletics squad, is training behind closed doors in Birmingham, around 100 miles north of London, before moving south for the start of the track and field programme on Aug. 3.


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