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Usain Bolt injured in car accident in Jamaica

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Published on Apr 30, 2009

http://tinyurl.com/y5ntqyq OLYMPIC athletics sensation Usain Bolt suffered minor injuries when his BMW skidded off the road and overturned in a ditch.
Bolt had a thorn stick him on the soft part of his left foot, after he stepped out of the car which overturned in a ditch off the highway, his manager Norman Peart said in a statement.

He was taken to the Spanish Town Public Hospital, where he was treated. He has been sent home for recovery.

Bolt, 22, won gold medals in the 100m, the 200m and the 4x100m relay at the Beijing Games last August, setting world records in all three events.

Sergeant David Shepherd of Old Harbour police in St. Catherine said the accident occurred on Highway 2000, one of Jamaica's newest highways, at about 1:30 in the afternoon.

Police said the vehicle was extensively damaged, after apparently skidding on the rain-slick road, but neither Bolt nor the unidentified woman traveling with him was seriously hurt.

Bolt had just returned to Jamaica from a promotional event for Puma in Boston last weekend.

The Jamaican star was scheduled to compete in an IAAF Area permit meet in Kingston this weekend, and Peart said Bolt's team would continue to monitor his health and keep his myriad fans updated on his plans.

We are keeping a close watch on Usain and will update the public as necessary, Peart said. We also want to use the opportunity to thank the public for all the calls of concern and the show of affection for Usain.

Bolt was slated to compete in a street race over 150m at the Great CityGames in Manchester, England, on May 17 and in a meeting in New York on May 20.

Earlier organisers of a June 17 meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic, said Bolt would race the 100m there as he builds up for the World Athletics Championships in Berlin in August.

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