Usain Bolt is sleeping in a specially designed orthopaedic bed at his training base in Birmingham to ensure he does not suffer a recurrence of the back and hamstring injuries which disrupted his planning for London 2012.
Bolt, the London Games’ leading attraction, arrived at Jamaica’s training camp at the University of Birmingham on Sunday but after his first two nights there, his coach Glen Mills raised concerns about his bed.
Mills asked for it to be replaced by a custom-built 7ft mattress, which Bolt used for the first time on Tuesday night.
The Olympic 100 metres and 200m champion withdrew from Thursday’s grand prix in Monaco after complaining of tightness in his hamstring in the aftermath of his defeat by Yohan Blake at the Jamaican Olympic trials last month.
Zena Wooldridge, the director of sport at the University of Birmingham, said: “There was a fear Usain would be uncomfortable with his bed so in the last few days we’ve had a special orthopaedic mattress made for him.
“Coach Mills wanted the bed made as a precaution so Usain was as comfortable as possible. We used a bed company to supply us with half a dozen 7ft beds for some other athletes so they made us the new mattress. Usain spent his first night in it on Tuesday.
“It’s absolutely critical that the athletes are looked after while they’re staying in Birmingham so we were only too happy to help.”
Friday, July 20, 2012
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