Eyes on Rio… Bolt pulls out of Brussels Diamond League

first_imgBRUSSELS (AP):With three more gold medals in the bag and his superiority proven beyond doubt, Usain Bolt declared his season over yesterday.The Jamaican pulled outof Friday’s Van Damme Memorial, unwilling to risk any injury problems that might compromise his preparations for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Games, where he will seek a third Olympic sprint treble in a row.”I am already thinking about next year and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio,” he said in a statement.After winning three gold medals at the World Cham-pionships in Beijing, Bolt was supposed to focus on the season’s top time in the 200m at the Diamond League meet in Brussels. The King Baudouin Stadium has extra-wide curves that half-lap racers love, and Bolt has never profited fully from the track facilities. Friday would have been the ideal opportunity.Bolt has the world record of 19.19 seconds, but his best time at the Van Damme only stands at 19.57. In comparison, his teammate, Yohan Blake, ran the second-fastest half lap there by clocking 19.26.But after two seasons of injuries and a drawn-out recovery, Bolt now knows the preparations for a big event like the Olympics starts a year in advance. The 29-year-old Bolt said in a statement he was “happy to end the season without any injuries and ready to go for 2016”.And Brussels meet organiser Wilfried Meert said in a statement that “Bolt felt tired after Beijing and also was troubled by his left leg, with a pain radiating from his hip”.Bolt beat Justin Gatlin both in the 100 and 200 metres in Beijing, before anchoring Jamaica to gold in the 4x100m relay.With Bolt a no-show, Gatlin will now run both sprints in Brussels.last_img read more


first_imgDonegal play Kerry on Sunday in Tralee and the game will be screened live on TG4.Donegal supporters unable to make the long trek south for Donegal’s match against Kerry will be comforted by the fact the game will be screened live on TG4.Hundreds of loyal Donegal supporters are still expected to make the trip down to Tralee for Sunday’s game despite the fact the game is being screened live on TV.Bus loads are expected to head down tomorrow to stay overnight before returning home right after the match. Donegal face Kerry in Tralee on Sunday afternoon in a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland Final.Both teams suffered disappointing defeats to local rivals last weekend and will be keen to bounce back.Kerry lost to Cork while Donegal were put to the sword by an ultra-defensive Monaghan side.The game takes on added significance due to their respective defeats and both teams will looking to secure a crucial two points in their quest to consolidate their Division One status. Donegal manager Rory Gallagher has announced his team to face Kerry on Sunday.1. Paul Durcan2. Paddy McGrath3. Neil McGee4. Eamon McGee 5. Frank McGlynn6. Karl Lacey7. Mark McHugh8. Neil Gallagher 9. Christy Toye10. Martin Reilly11. Odhran MacNiallais12. Ryan McHugh13. Patrick McBrearty14. Michael Murphy15. Hugh McFaddenDONEGAL GAME AGAINST KERRY WILL BE SCREENED LIVE ON TG4 was last modified: March 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ALLIANZ NATIONAL LEAGUEdonegalGAAKerrynewsSportTG4last_img read more