London 2012 Olympics: Usain Bolt’s agent plays down injury fears after sprinter visits German doctor
Usain Bolt’s agent has denied the Olympic sprint champion is struggling to get fit with just six months to go until the London Games.
By Telegraph staff
9:16AM GMT 14 Feb 2012
Bolt flew to Munich last week to visit one of Europe’s most controversial doctors less than a week after pulling out of the Camperdown Classic in Kingston on Saturday, the Jamaican’s first scheduled race of the season.
Bolt had been expected to launch his season at the National Stadium but was spotted instead in Germany late last week, so the track was buzzing with rumours that he might have a recurrence of the back trouble which has required treatment from Munich-based specialist ‘Healing’ Hans Müller-Wohlfahrt.
According to reports, Bolt secretly visited the expensive clinic of Muller-Wohlfahrt, a 69-year-old doctor who is known for using unorthodox methods which include injecting patients with calf’s blood.
Bolt missed the end of the 2010 season with a back injury and was treated by Muller-Wohlfahrt so it is possible that the triple gold medallist is nursing a fresh injury.
His agent Simms has moves to quash any rumours, however: “People can put two and two together and make five. Any speculation is ridiculous.”
"He is not injured. He trained fully up to leaving Jamaica and is training fully
Coach Glen Mills was also quick to play down reports that his star pupil was struggling with injury, insisting that his visit to Europe was for a business trip.
“Bolt is not injured,” said Mills. “He trained up to the day before he left the island for his business trip.”
Bolt’s biggest challenger, Yohan Blake, revealed that the defending 100m champion has been in flying form when they sprint together in training and believes that they could push each other to barrier-breaking peaks this summer.
Blake insisted that Bolt looked as good as ever after his slightly hit-and-miss 2011. “Usain is getting back to his old self,” he said.
“He’s not frightened of me. He’s the world’s fastest man and he knows what he can do.”
At the end of last season, Blake clocked 19.26sec for 200m, a time bettered only by Bolt’s world record 19.19sec.
Asked if he felt they could push each other to crack the 19-second barrier, Blake said: “It’s possible. Given the right day, no breeze, anything can happen.”
Despite his unusual treatments being criticised as a “Frankenstein-type experiment” by the head of the US Anti-Doping Agency, Muller-Wohlfahrt is a favourite of top athletes struggling with debilitating injuries.
Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard, Paula Radcliffe, Ronaldo and Boris Becker have all seen the German physician.