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Usain Bolt races to Germany for treatment with ‘Healing Hans Müller- Wohlfahrt’

Bolt, arguably the most famous sportsman in the world and undoubtedly the leading poster boy for the Olympics, announced on Thursday he was withdrawing from the Diamond League meeting in Monaco on July 20, because of what his coach Glen Mills described as a “slight problem”.
Concern over Bolt’s physical condition will only have deepened when it emerged he was in Munich on Friday having treatment at the hands of the celebrated sports doctor, Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt.

Usain Bolt’s withdrawal from the event in Monaco, in which he had been due to run over 200 metres, means he will not now compete again until the first round of the 100m in the Olympic Stadium on Aug 4.

It also means the world is likely to have to wait until then to learn whether Bolt’s slight problem has taken a toll on his ability to defend the three gold medals he won in Beijing. Bolt’s trip to Müller-Wohlfahrt followed his surprise double defeat by training partner Yohan Blake at the Jamaican Olympic trials last weekend, where he was given hamstring-stretching treatment on the Kingston track immediately after the 200m final.

A source close to Bolt confirmed the athlete had flown to Germany for a consultation with Muller-Wohlfahrt yesterday but said the appointment had been “scheduled as a check-up long ago, before he had the problems of last weekend”.
The source added that Bolt was suffering only from tightness and was expected to be fully recovered within days.

In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, Bolt’s agent, Ricky Simms, played down the seriousness of the injury and said he would be fit and ready for the Olympics.
“He had a slightly tight hamstring during the trials and that’s why possibly didn’t push as hard as he could have,” said Simms. “He was just protecting that. The main thing at the trials was to get through and get on the team for the Olympic Games.
“His coach decided that he needs to get a little bit of massage and treatment on that and rest up, and then train again hard next week so that he’s ready for the Olympic Games.”
Simms’ comments will reassure Olympic organisers, for whom the loss of Bolt to injury would be an enormous blow.
Bolt, who has a congenital curvature of the lower spine which caused persistent problems with his hamstrings at the start of his career, has been seeing Muller-Wohlfahrt since he was 16 and flies to Germany for check-ups at least twice a year.

London 2012 Olympics: Short News

• British 800m runner Gareth Warburton has won his appeal against his exclusion from Team GB. Warburton’s was the only successful appeal of 11 heard today by the UK Athletics appeals panel. The panel decided that “in light of independent legal advice” Warburton’s current A and B standard times made him “selectable under the UKA selection policy”.

• British wrestler Myroslav Dykun has been banned for two years after testing positive for methamphetamine, UK Anti-Doping have announced. Dykun was left out of the British squad in the wake of his failed drugs test and will now be banned from participating in the sport until 29 April 2014.

• Injury-ravaged USA Basketball prepares for London Olympics with talent to spare:

For all the recent headlines about who couldn’t make it to USA Basketball’s opening practice in preparation for the 2012 London Olympics, the group of 20-plus players in the UNLV gym was simply jaw-dropping in its combined athleticism, versatility, depth, focus and hunger. This is the best collection of talent in the same gym at the same time since Team USA convened four years ago, on its way to taking back the gold medal in the Beijing Games.

“We don’t have any bad players,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said after practice, with a smirk and a chuckle. “These are all top-of-the-line NBA players.”

Quickly, the list of absentees: LaMarcus Aldridge (hip), Chauncey Billups (Achilles) Chris Bosh (abdominal muscle), Dwight Howard (back), Lamar Odom (Kardashian-related symptoms), Derrick Rose (knee) and Dwyane Wade (knee). Tally it up, and that’s at least three members of the 2008 team who were expected back but are gone, and four potential frontcourt pieces off the depth chart.

Presently there are 15 candidates for the 12 finals spots in Team USA. The names of these 15 candidates are:

Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Hornets), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies), Eric Gordon (New Orleans Hornets), Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers), James Harden (Oklahoma City Thunder), Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers), LeBron James (Miami Heat), Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves), Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder), and Deron Williams (Brooklyn Nets).

The training camp for Team USA starts in Las Vegas this week. As a matter of fact, the training camp will start tomorrow, July 5. The 12-mas roster of Team USA for the 2012 London Olympics will be announced after the team practice on today.

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