Usain Bolt to rest, miss race after car crash
Olympic champion suffers scratches after losing control of BMW
Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt dropped out of a weekend track meet in his home country Jamaica on Thursday after being slightly injured in a car crash.
Bolt hurt his left foot Wednesday when he stepped on thorns as he got out of the wrecked BMW, according to a statement from his agent, Ricky Simms. He said Bolt is out of the hospital and doctors have advised him to rest for a few days.
"We will continue to monitor his progress over the next few days," Simms said.
Bolt, who won three gold medals for Jamaica at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will skip Saturday's Kingston International as a precaution, and it is too early to say whether other races will be affected, Simms said.
His next scheduled competition is a 150-metre street race in Manchester, England, on May 17.
Bolt, 22, lost control of his BMW M3 on a highway and crashed in a ditch near Spanish Town, just west of the Caribbean island's capital, Kingston.
On Wednesday, police Sgt. David Sheriff said Bolt was apparently speeding on a rain-slicked highway. He was given the BMW by his sponsor Puma as a reward for his outstanding performance in the Olympics.
An official at Spanish Town Hospital confirmed Bolt appeared to have only scratches, while an unidentified female passenger also escaped serious injury, police said.
Bolt won the 100 and 200 metres in Beijing and was part of the Jamaican team that won the 4x100 relay. All three gold medals were earned in world record times.
He received several end-of-year accolades as a result, including recognition as athlete of the year by the International Association of Athletics Federations and the International Sports Press Association.
Bolt ran his first 100 of 2009 in Spanish Town last month, clocking 9.93 seconds to tie for a win with training partner Daniel Bailey.