The fastest man of all time has not been seen all season long, but will get out of the blocks four times next month starting with the Commonwealth Games. Injury concerns had slowed Bolt’s return to the track this season.
But after missing all of the 2014 season so far, the 2013 triple World champion yesterday released his 2014 racing schedule and it includes running the sprint relay for Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and three other meets.
According to the schedule released on Twitter and his website yesterday, Bolt, who earlier this season pulled out of the Ostrava Golden Spike and the Meeting Areva in Paris, will technically open his season at the Games which begin on July 23. He is down to run the sprint relay on August 1 and 2.
Bolt then heads to Brazil where on August 17 he will compete in the Mano o Mano 100 metres at the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.
Six days later on August 23, Bolt runs another 100 metres at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial in Warsaw, Poland. From there, he heads to Zurich where on August 28 he runs the 100 metres at the Weltkasse meet.
No meets have been announced after that date and it is not certain if the world record holder in both the 100 and 200 metres will race again for the remainder of the year.
Bolt had said in a statement released in early June that he chose to pull out of the earlier meets this season because of an injury he suffered in training that set him back in his background training. It was for that reason and major championships coming in what will be his last major competition cycle that saw him take the precaution of not competing until he was truly ready to compete.
“It is important for me to take my time this year as I have three tough years ahead in 2015, 2016 and 2017 as I attempt to defend my world and Olympic titles,” he said then.
“I definitely plan to compete this season and will continue to work hard with my coach who I have the utmost confidence in to get me fit and ready to compete.”