Usain Bolt sets return to competition

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Usain Bolt is set to compete for the first time since June 13 at a Diamond League meet at the London 2012 Olympic Stadium on July 24.

The six-time Olympic champion pulled out of his two previously scheduled July meets last week, citing a left leg injury that required him to fly to Munich for treatment.

In London, he will run either the 100m or the 200m.

Bolt is in serious jeopardy of relinquishing his titles in the 100m and the 200m to American Justin Gatlin at the World Championships in Beijing (Aug. 22-30, broadcast info here).

“What I can say is I’m very concerned about the progress of his preparation [for the World Championships] so far,” Bolt coach Glen Mills said last week, according to Reuters. “But as to between now and Beijing that depends on what I learn when I have the discussion with the doctor.”

Bolt last raced at the Adidas Grand Prix in New York on June 13, clocking 20.29 in a 200m, his slowest 200m final time since 2006.

Gatlin, 33 and five years removed from a four-year doping ban, has run personal bests 9.74 and 19.57 in the 100m and 200m this year. Bolt’s best times since the start of 2014 are 9.98 and 20.13.

Video: Usain Bolt at the Athens 2004 Olympics