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OLYMPIC TRIALS: Bolt on Jamaican list to compete in Olympics: report

AFP, KINGSTON

Reigning Olympic and world sprint champion Usain Bolt, who sustained a torn hamstring at last month’s Jamaican Olympic trials, will be named on Jamaica’s team for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Monday, the Gleaner newspaper reported on Friday.

Citing unnamed sources, the Kingston newspaper reported the Jamaica Olympic Association will list Bolt after the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) entered him among four runners for the 100m and 200m after a meeting of the JAAA selection committee.

Only three runners can represent Jamaica in each event at Brazil, leaving the final decision to team management in Rio to choose the final lineup.

Bolt withdrew from the Jamaican championships last week after winning his 100m semi-final heat, saying he had a low-grade torn hamstring and later tweeting a photograph of work being done on the back of his left leg.

By being provisionally listed on the Jamaican team, Bolt can still chase a third consecutive Olympic sweep of 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay golds in Rio if he proves his fitness to compete — something Bolt said he intends to do at the Diamond League meet in London on July 22.

Bolt was granted a medical exemption from the trials under JAAA rules.

The policy says athletes must compete at the trials to be considered for the team, but those ill or hurt for the event are given a chance to prove competitive fitness later and be considered for selection.

That makes the third-place finishers in the 100m and 200m at the Jamaican trials a provisional qualifier with Bolt’s fitness to decide their fates.

Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade took the top two spots in the 100m and 200m events. Jevaughn Minzie was third in the 100m with Julian Forte third in the 200m.

Top Jamaican women’s 400m hurdler Janieve Russell and world 200m runner-up Elaine Thompson were among four names submitted in their events as well.

Russell missed the trials after an injury in training, while Thompson, the women’s 100m winner, did not run the 200m after complaining of a sore hamstring.

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