Athletics: Wounded Usain Bolt called up for Jamaica's Rio squad

Usain Bolt, who was named to Jamaica's Olympic squad despite not qualifying during the national trials, will be leading his country's charge for medals at Rio, should he prove his fitness at the London Anniversary Games later this month.
Usain Bolt, who was named to Jamaica's Olympic squad despite not qualifying during the national trials, will be leading his country's charge for medals at Rio, should he prove his fitness at the London Anniversary Games later this month.PHOTO: REUTERS

KINGSTON • Usain Bolt will get a chance to enhance his Olympic track and field legacy, after he was named to the 59-member Jamaican team who will compete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro next month.

Bolt, who withdrew from the 100m final and sought a medical exemption from the 200m at the Jamaican Olympic Trials two weekends ago, was named on the provisional list submitted to the International Olympic Council to contest the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay in Brazil.

He seeks to become the first man to clinch a triple-triple after wins in the three events at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games.

The announcement was made on Monday at a press conference held by the Jamaica Olympic Association in Kingston. All members of the Olympic team were announced.

The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association's (JAAA) selection rules allow for athletes ranked in the top three in the world to submit medical exemptions and miss the trials but they must be able to prove their fitness at a later date to be named to the Olympic team.

Bolt suffered a minor hamstring tear on the first day of the four-day national championships.

He then ran the semi-final of the 100m before withdrawing an hour before the final.

He submitted a medical exemption for the rest of the championships, including the 200m event.

He then travelled to Europe to see renowned sports doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt and posted a photograph of himself training over the weekend.

Bolt ran a season's best 9.88 seconds in the 100m but has yet to run a 200m race in competition.

He is scheduled to run at the London Anniversary Games next Friday.

The 29-year-old is one of several Jamaican athletes who used the medical exemption at the trials.

Elaine Thompson, who won the women's 100m in a world-leading 10.70sec but later pulled out of the 200m final, Olympic bronze medallist Hansle Parchment in the men's 110m hurdles and 400m hurdler Janieve Russell were included on Monday's list alongside Bolt.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 13, 2016, with the headline 'Wounded Bolt called up to Jamaica's Rio squad'. Print Edition | Subscribe