Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 5/15/12

Jamaican Olympic sprinter and world-record holder Usain Bolt dumped his girlfriend of six months, Slovakian fashion designer Lubica Slovak, so that he can focus on the 2012 London Olympics.

 

Usain Bolt with former girlfriend Lubica Slovak. (Photo from the Observer)

 

Bolt won gold and set world records in both the 100 and 200 meters in 2008 in Beijing (the latter despite a 0.9 meter-per-second headwind), and hopes to do the same this summer in London. Apparently, he felt that his budding romance with Slovak might prevent him from doing so.

Someone close to Bolt told British tabloid The Sun, “He will have plenty of time for relationships. At the moment he’s concentrating on his running career and doesn’t want anything to distract from that.”

Last month, after a picture of the couple kissing appeared in the Jamaican Observer, critics in Bolt’s home country voiced their disappointment that the decorated Olympian was dating a white woman instead of a black Jamaican woman. The Observer even ran this tasteless cartoon. Slovak, who was born in Slovakia and moved to Canada as a teen, has lived in Jamaica for several years.

Not surprisingly there’s no shortage of speculation that the backlash from his countrymen, and not the Olympics, led Bolt to leave Slovak.

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