Bolt urges De Grasse to be patient with injury recovery

By Kayon Raynor

Reporting from the IAAF World Championships in London

Three-time world 100m gold medallist Usain Bolt has cautioned Canada's three-time Rio Olympic medalist Andre de Grasse to take it slowly as he seeks to recover from a grade two hamstring injury which ruled him out of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships which get underway on Friday.

"It's always about listening to your coach and taking the doctor's advice and taking your time to recuperate while working as hard as possible to get over the injury because sometimes when you rush it, it only makes things worse," Bolt told RJR Sports Online from the Jamaica team Hotel Thursday afternoon.

"I hope that he takes heed, takes his time to heal and hopefully everything goes smoothly so that he can get back on track next season," the 100m and 200m world record holder added.

The 8-time Olympic gold medalist who is competing in his seventh and last World Championships, declined further comment on De Grasse's untimely injury, which robs the world of an expected mouth-watering clash.

The Canadian was expected to be one of Bolt's main rivals ahead of Saturday's final.

De Grasse, who sustained a grade 2 hamstring strain on Monday during his final training session ahead of these championships, has been ruled out of competition for the remainder of the 2017 season. 

"The entire year this 100m race in London was my focus. I am really in the best shape of my life and was looking forward to competing against the best in the world," the 22-year-old De Grasse said in a statement Wednesday night.

"to not have this opportunity is unimaginable to me but it is the reality i am now faced with. "I am sad to miss this chance but I am young and with treatment and rehabilitation, I will be back and better than ever in the near future."

His manager Paul Doyle told RJR Sports Online the sprinter had suffered a grade two hamstring strain to his right leg. "We tried to do everything we could to have him ready but he's just not going to be ready," Doyle said.

De Grasse, who won the Olympic 200m silver and bronzes in the 100m and 4 x 100m relay, had been due to line up in the 100m heats on the championships' opening day on Friday as the first part of another triple medal hunt.


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