A hamstring tear forced Usain Bolt to pull out of Jamaican Olympic Trails recently. The injury may keep the ace sprinter from participating in the Rio Games. In order to get a chance to win third consecutive Olympic gold medals in 100 meters, 200 meters and 4×100 relay race, Bolt may have to prove his fitness at a Diamond League meet later this month in London.
In a Statement, Bolt said “After feeling discomfort in my hamstring after the first round last night and then again in the semi-final tonight, I was examined by the Chief Doctor of the National Championships and diagnosed with a Grade 1 tear.”
He filed for medical exemption which will give him the permission to be a part of the Jamaican Olympic squad without competing in trials. Warren Blake, president of the Jamaican Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), confirmed the news that Bolt has requested for the exemption from 100 meter final and the remaining National Championships.
However, it is not yet clear whether Bolt can withdraw from the event completely.
The general secretary for JAAA, Garth Gayle said that Bolt may lose his place in the Olympic team if he does not participate in the upcoming 200 metre heat. That will be a big loss for the 100 metre world record holder, who has a chance at becoming the first person to win 100 metre and 200 double three Olympics running.
The sprinter won a 100 metre semi final heat in 10.04 at Kingston’s National Stadium. However, post the undesirable turn of events, Bolt had to leave before a showcase 100 metre final against former champion Yohan Blake.
According to JAAA rules, injured athletes who are in the top three positions on IAAF performance list may miss the meet and still be a part of the Olympic team. However, the athlete will have to prove his fitness in time to make it to the Games List.
A grade one tear is a minor hamstring injury. Unlike grade three tear which may take months to heal, the recovery in grade one tear is pretty quick.
Starting the recovery process right away. pic.twitter.com/J0HuvxOfiJ
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) July 2, 2016
Bolt posted photographs on social media with the caption “Starting the recovery process right away.”