Six-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has suffered an injury scare ahead of Rio after tearing a hamstring at the Olympic trials at the National Stadium in Jamaica.
Usain Bolt sustained the grade-one tear during the first round of the 100m and withdrew after winning his semi-final.
“After feeling discomfort in my hamstring after the first round last night (Thursday, June 30) and then again in the semi-final tonight (Friday, July 1) I was examined by the Chief Doctor of the National Championships and diagnosed with a Grade 1 tear,” explained Bolt in a Twitter post.
“I have submitted a medical exemption to be excused from the 100m final and the remainder of the National Championships,” added the world record holder for 100m (9.58) and 200m (19.19).
He is currently in France meeting with renown doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller Wohlfahrt for treatment to a hamstring injury.
“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,” Bolt continued.
According to Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) selection policy, the first three finishers at the National Senior Championships will be selected, unless there was a medical exemption from a world top top three athlete. The athlete is then expected to prove his/her fitness before the start of the competition.
He is still expected to defend his 100 and 200m titles as Jamaica’s selection policy allows medical exemptions.
Bolt is now being treated and is aiming to return for the London Anniversary Games on July 22.
In the double world champion’s absence, the 100m final in Kingston was won by London 2012 silver medallist Yohan Blake in a time of 9.95 seconds.