Usain Bolt has more than Yohan Blake to worry about ahead of the London Olympics. Now he’s got a hamstring injury to contend with and won’t run again until the games.
Exactly one month before the 100-meter final at the Olympics, Bolt pulled out of the July 20 Monaco Diamond League meet Thursday with “a slight problem” that occurred during the recent Jamaican Olympic trials, his coach Glen Mills said.
The withdrawal followed the double blow of losing in the 100 and 200 to training partner Blake at the trials, a reality check before the Olympics.
Despite the withdrawal, the 25-year-old Bolt insisted he’ll be at the games to retain the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay titles he won in Beijing four years ago in world-record times.
“I am happy to have earned my spot on the Jamaican Olympic team despite the challenge,” Bolt said in a statement. “I will be in London to defend my titles.”
MEN’S BASKETBALL: San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker was included on the 12-man roster for France’s Olympic basketball team despite a left eye injury that could keep him sidelined.
Parker suffered a scratch to his cornea in a fight involving singer Chris Brown and members of hip-hop star Drake’s entourage in a New York nightclub in June.
A final decision on his participation in the London Olympics is expected to be announced in the coming days after Parker meets with the Spurs’ medical staff.
France’s first game at the Olympics is against the United States on July 29.
MEN’S SOCCER: Brazil coach Mano Menezes included AC Milan defender Thiago Silva and FC Porto striker Hulk in Brazil’s squad that will try to give the nation its first Olympic gold medal in soccer.
Real Madrid defender Marcelo was the other overage player included in the 18-man squad selected on Thursday by Menezes for the London Games. Soccer at the Olympics is played with under-23 squads, but each team can use three overage players.
The Olympic tournament is the only significant soccer title that Brazil has never won.
Brazil is one of the few teams taking its best players to London.
WOMEN’S WEIGHTLIFTING: Holley Mangold is accustomed to making headlines.
She was, after all. the only girl on her high school football team in Ohio, maybe not that big of a surprise since she’s the sister of New York Jets center Nick Mangold.
She’s not a novelty anymore. She’s an Olympian.
Mangold will compete as a superheavyweight in weightlifting at the London Games later this month.
Her coaches initially saw her as a prospect for the 2016 Olympics but her progress the past year – she upped her lift totals by more than 70 pounds – put her ahead of schedule.