Usain Bolt has pulled out of this week's Diamond League event in Zurich, thus bringing his 2014 season to a premature end.

The Jamaican, who has only ran three races in an injury hit year, was expected to compete in Austria on Thursday, but his decision to opt out was confirmed by the event's organisers

Injury hit year

The news came shortly after Bolt had run 9.98 seconds in an indoor 100 metre race in Warsaw, Poland. It is understood the decision was made by Bolt's coach, Glen Mills.

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"Usain’s body has delivered tremendous performances over the last years," Patrick Magyar, Meeting Director of Weltklasse Zürich, said in a statement.

'Not a machine'

"But, it is a body and not a machine. If an athlete of that level and his coach feel more rest is needed, we are certainly not going to question this and fully support this decision."

The six-time Olympic champion only ran his first 100m race on August 17, taking part in in an exhibition race on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach.

Commonwealth success

The 28-year-old had earlier in the month won his first Commonwealth Games gold medal, anchoring his Jamaican quartet to the 4X100m title in Glasgow.

The last time Bolt raced competitively in an individual 100m was in Brussels in 2013. Next year, the World Championships will be in Beijing, with Bolt bidding to add to his eight gold medals.

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