On Saturday, Usain Bolt was unable to capture a win for the second time in as many weeks. During the 4x100m relay medal race at the IAAF World Championships, Bolt pulled up lame as he appeared to injure his hamstring.
As a result, the soon-to-be 31-year-old will be forced to undergo an MRI on Sunday. The extent of the damage has yet to be revealed to the public.
“Injuries are part of our sport, and always, of course, it’s sad to see,” said Wallace Spearmon, an American sprinter who has been close with Bolt for some time, via The Jamaica Gleaner. “So, yeah, it’s tragic.”
However, it appears as though Bolt is more concerned with his inability to capture a victory over the weekend and not the extent of the setback. It is also worth mentioning that Saturday’s outing was slated to serve as the last race of his career.
“But a lot of pain is from disappointment from losing the race,” added the Jamaican team doctor, Kevin Jones. “The last three weeks have been hard for him, you know. We hope for the best for him.”
On the other hand, the heralded Jamaican sprinter did have a quick message for his fans on social media.
“Thank You my peeps,” wrote Bolt. “Infinite love for my fans.”
Well-known, and currently retired, American sprinter Michael Johnson added his two cents as well.
“Bolt probably one year too many,” said Johnson. “Sad to see him go down in his final race. Personally I think he has been amazing for the sport.”
Bolt probably one year too many. Sad to see him go down in his final race. Personally I think he has been amazing for the sport. #Respect
— Michael Johnson (@MJGold) August 12, 2017