Sunday 17 December 2017

Usain Bolt's Olympic participation in peril following hamstring tear

Faster than a speeding bullet - Usain Bolt
Faster than a speeding bullet - Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt’s participation in the Rio Olympics was plunged into grave doubt on Friday night after the sprinter was forced to withdraw from the Jamaican trials with a torn hamstring.

The fastest man on the planet, who is also the reigning world and Olympic champion, had to pull out of the final of his national trials in Kingston with what he described as a ‘Grade 1’ hamstring tear.

As such, it is very probable that the 29-year-old will have to showcase his fitness at the Diamond League meeting in London on July 22.

Bolt, pursuing three Olympic titles in a row in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay disciplines, released a statement following the injury.

"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."

The Jamaican athletics governing body does allow for medical exemptions as long as an athlete can provide proof an injury precluded them from competing in the trails.

However, it is most likely that Bolt will have to demonstrate his well-being in the city he captivated four years ago.

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