Usain Bolt skips training to mourn friend

Usain Bolt is working hard to be fit for next Saturday’s season-opening 100 metres at the Racers Grand Prix track meet after the nine-time Olympic gold medallist took time off to mourn the death of a close friend.

In an interview aired on Jamaican national television Saturday, Bolt said he was unable to train for more than two weeks as he mourned the loss of his good friend, Germaine Mason.

The 34 year-old Jamaican-born Olympic high jump silver medallist died in a motor bike accident on April 20.

“I could not train for about two weeks, I just did not feel like training,” Bolt said. “I was not ready to train for about two weeks.”

The Racers Grand Prix, which is being put on by his club in his honour, will be the final time he will compete on Jamaican soil and he will compete in a 100m race to end the programme.

Bolt said he was certain he would be able to get into shape for Racers. “I have been doing this for years and we have always had setbacks so it will be OK.”

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 17: (L-R) Adam Gemili of Great Britain, Andre de Grasse of Canada and Usain Bolt of Jamaica compete in the Men’s 200m Semifinals on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Bolt said his home finale will be a moving affair.

“It will be emotional, I will miss running and I am sure the fans will miss seeing me run and so it should be emotional.”

Bolt will headline the meet at the revered National Stadium before retiring from international competition two months later after taking part in the London 2017 World Championships.

© AFP

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