Hamstrung Bolt hopes to prove fitness in London to secure Rio spot
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[July 02, 2016]
By Kayon Raynor
KINGSTON (Reuters) - Usain Bolt
confirmed suffering a grade one hamstring tear at Jamaica's Olympic
trials on Friday but the star sprinter expects to secure his place
at the Rio Games by proving his fitness at the London Anniversary
Games later this month.
Bolt withdrew from the final of the men's 100 meters after Friday
night's semi-finals as Yohan Blake went on to win the trial in 9.95
"After feeling discomfort in my hamstring after the first round last
night (Thursday) and then again in the semi-final tonight (Friday) I
was examined by the Chief Doctor of the National Championships and
diagnosed with a Grade 1 tear," Bolt said on his official Facebook
"I have submitted a medical exemption to be excused from the 100m
final and the remainder of the National Championships.
"I will seek treatment immediately and hope to show fitness at the
London Anniversary Games on July 22 to earn selection for the
Olympic Games in Rio," the two-time Olympic 100 meter and 200 meter
gold medalist added.
Bolt had clocked 10.04 seconds to win semi-final one after a poor
His withdrawal does not mean he would miss the Rio Olympics, where
Bolt is expected to defend his 100 and 200 meter titles.
Unlike the United States, where the first three finishers in the
trials win Olympic berths, Jamaica's selection policy allows medical
His coach Glen Mills told Reuters that efforts were made since
Thursday night to get Bolt ready for Friday's semi-final and final.
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Winner Usain Bolt of Jamaica upset after his quarter final 100m
race. REUTERS/Gilbert Bellamy /File Photo
"The therapist did a good job working on him but in a couple of
hours to come and run, he felt it again," Mills said.
"Hamstring injuries are always serious. The fact that he couldn't
run, showed it is serious, but we'll see what happens between now
and (the Olympics)," Mills said at trackside after another of his
charge, Blake, won the trial.
Bolt also posted a photo of receiving treatment on his instagram
(Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)
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