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Injured Bolt out of Monaco Diamond League meeting

ESPN staff
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Usain Bolt has sparked fears over his fitness ahead of London 2012 by pulling out of the Monaco Diamond League meeting.

Bolt was twice beaten by compatriot Yohan Blake at the recent Jamaican Trials, creating doubts over his form heading into the Olympics. Pictures of the world 100m and 200m record holder lying on the track wincing in pain due to cramp hardly suggested he was entering his peak in time for the summer Games.

Those fears will only grow further after Thursday's news that Bolt will not compete in Monaco. A minor injury will keep him from racing, although it is not expected to sideline him from London 2012.

"Arising from Usain's participation at the national trials in Kingston last weekend where he had a slight problem ... I've had to withdraw him from the Diamond League meeting in Monaco on July 20 to give him sufficient time for treatment and time to train and prepare for the Olympics in London," coach Glen Mills said in a statement.

No further explanation was given as to the nature of Bolt's "problem", but the globally recognised sprinter did assure fans he does intend to defend his Olympic titles over the coming weeks.

"I am happy to have earned my spot on the Jamaican Olympic team despite the challenge," Bolt said.

"I will be in London to defend my titles in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m. I want to congratulate my fellow Racers Track Club Members along with the other athletes who made the team. I thank everyone for their support."

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