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Antonio Pettigrew

August 10, 2010 by staff 

Antonio Pettigrew, AP – Usain Bolt would not ride this year after being advised to rest for a lower back injury worsened during the defeat of Tyson Gay, U.S. rival in the 100 meters last week.

Bolt’s manager, Ricky Simms, said yesterday that the world record holder in the 100 meters and 200 meters will have the treatment to loosen the back and then the rest, the failure of the outside Jamaica Diamond League meets in Zurich August 19, in Brussels on 27 August.

“I am very disappointed at missing two meetings of the highest in the circuit … but trust that it is better for me not to take any risks this year,” said Bolt.

“2011 and 2012 were years of major championship and I hope to be fully fit and healthy. I would like to thank everyone for their support and hope to return next year stronger.”

Simms said Bolt was examined Monday by a doctor in Munich, Germany, who diagnosed the problem back, to back up recent reports of Bolt had not been in top form

“He’s got a tightness that restricts their ability to generate energy in stride and continue the race in these conditions can be risk of injury to your hamstrings or calf muscles,” said Simms.

Bolt’s manager said the decision to take a break was made “with a view to their future career.”

Simms also said that an MRI showed that a previous injury left Achilles tendon has healed and no longer impede the Jamaican.

Bolt had not lost an individual race in two years until last Friday, when Gay won in Stockholm. Bolt ran 9.84secs and Gay finished in 9.97.

After a gallant Gay acknowledged that this was a race against Bolt adjustment. “I’m very happy with the victory,” Gay said at once, “despite the fact that Usain Bolt is the best way.”

“When Bolt is at his best, nobody comes close to him.”

Bolt, Gay and Asafa Powell – the three fastest men in history – was scheduled to run in Brussels, and fate has once again denied the opportunity to see the three sprinters in the world to go against each other.

Powell missed the action in Stockholm as a precaution after suffering a groin injury. .

Meanwhile, former Olympic 400-meter runner Antonio Pettigrew was found dead yesterday at the age of 42 years.

Pettigrew served as assistant track coach at the University of North Carolina where his body was found in his car. Pettigrew won gold at the 1991 world championships in Tokyo.

He was also part of the 4x400m relay team that won gold in the United States in the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

But the International Olympic Committee stripped the medal team two years ago after Pettigrew admitted to doping during a trial against former coach Trevor Graham.

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