Usain Bolt’s preparations for the World Championships in Beijing have been dealt another blow, with a leg injury keeping him out of the upcoming Diamond League meetings in Paris and Lausanne.
The six-time Olympic gold medallist has not raced competitively since June 13, when he won the 200 metres at the Adidas Grand Prix in New York but was not convincing.
Subsequently the 28-year-old was forced to pull out of the Jamaican trials, missing another chance to hit top form ahead of Beijing in August.
And his return to the track has been delayed further after he confirmed a blocked sacroiliac joint has been causing him discomfort and restricting his movement.
“I’m disappointed not to be able to compete in Paris and Lausanne,” he said in a statement.
“I love running at these meetings but at the moment I am unable to compete at 100 per cent. I look forward to getting back into full training as soon as possible.”
Bolt is defending champion in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay going into the World Championships, having taken gold in all three in Moscow two years ago.