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Usain Bolt withdraws from July track meets

June 30, 2015 22:22 IST

Usain Bolt of Jamaica

Jamaica's Mo Usain Bolt looks on. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images

Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt's troubled season continued on Tuesday when he pulled out of the Paris and Lausanne Diamond League meetings due to a leg injury.

"I’m disappointed not to be able to compete in Paris and Lausanne. I love running at these meetings but at the moment I am unable to compete at 100 percent. I look forward to getting back into full training as soon as possible," Bolt said in a statement on his website.

The Paris meeting is on Saturday with Lausanne the following Thursday with Bolt planning to run one 100m and one 200m race.

Jamaica's 14-time times Olympic and world champion pulled out of the 100m at the Jamaican trials last Thursday.

"He (Bolt) has been feeling discomfort in his left leg since his last competition which has restricted his training," a statement from his management team said.

"He has a blocked sacroiliac joint which is restricting his movement and putting pressure on his knee and ankle."

Bolt, 28, has struggled for form this season with moderate best times of 10.12 in the 100 metres and 20.13 in the 200.

The world record holder in both events has wildcard entries to the world championships in Beijing in August.

"He will spend the next couple of days in Munich getting treatment after which he will resume full training in his quest to defend his titles at the world championships," the statement added.

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