Usain Bolt ducks out of Diamond League final

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Following his triple gold medal success at the world championships in Beijing, Usain Bolt has decided not to race again for the rest of the year.

The six-time Olympic champ said he plans to take a ‘short break’ after winning gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at the World Championships in Beijing last month.

This means Bolt will miss the Diamond League final in Brussels on Friday, where he was due to race in the 200m.

‘After the excitement of the past few weeks... I have decided not to race again in 2015,’ Bolt wrote on his Facebook page.

‘I am already thinking about next year and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio where I will attempt to defend my titles.’

‘I have competed in Brussels many times over the years and it is always one of the best meets on the circuit,’ he added. ‘The track is fast and they always have a full house. I was looking forward to running there this year but I’m happy to end the season without any injuries and ready to go for 2016.’

If he finishes in the top three in Brussels, Justin Gatlin will be crowned overall 100m champion.