Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt posts medical proof of hamstring tear to silence injury doubters after farewell flop

Jamaican sprint legend says injury will need three months of rehab, ruling him out of featuring for Manchester United in legends match against Barcelona

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 August, 2017, 11:08am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 August, 2017, 11:08am

Usain Bolt has delivered a rebuke to those who questioned whether he really suffered an injury in his farewell race at the world championships in London by revealing details of his hamstring tear.

The Jamaican, stung by speculation he pulled up in the anchor leg of the 4x100 metres relay final because he was too far behind to win the race, said the injury would need three months of rehabilitation.

“Sadly I have tear of the proximal myotendineous junction of biceps femoris in my left hamstring with partial retraction. 3 months rehab,” eight-times Olympic gold medallist Bolt posted on Twitter, accompanied by an X-ray of the injury to his left hamstring.

“I don’t usually release my medical report to the public but sadly I have sat and listened to people questioning if I was really injured.

“I have never been one to cheat my fans in any way & my entire desire at the championship was run one last time for my fans. Thanks for the continued support my fans and I rest, heal and move onto the next chapter of my life #Love&LoveAlone.”

The posts on Twitter were removed soon after they had been posted.

Usain Bolt floored by injury on final stretch of his career as world championships farewell is ruined

Bolt, 30, had been three metres down on the two leaders as he took on the last leg of the relay, which was won by Britain, only to pull up sharply and fall to the ground, coming to a halt after a forward roll on the track.

He speculated on Sunday the injury, which ended a wretched final championships for him after he only managed to win bronze in the individual 100 metres the previous weekend, might have been caused by having a long wait before the race.

Bolt, who won 19 global championship golds, is widely considered the finest sprinter in athletics history.