Usain Bolt withdraws from Olympic trials with hamstring tear

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Usain Bolt withdraws from Olympic Trials with injury
Saturday July 2nd, 2016

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Usain Bolt has withdrawn from the Jamaica Olympic Trials with a hamstring tear, Bolt announced in a statement posted on Twitter. 

Bolt was attempting to qualify for his fourth Olympics at the Jamaican National Championships, and will now seek qualification for this summer’s Games in Rio de Janeiro at the London Anniversary Games on July 22. 

“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,” Bolt wrote. “I have submitted a medical exemption to be excused from the 100m final and the remainder of the National Championships. 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.”

Meet the athletes on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track and Field team

Bolt holds the world records at 100 and 200 meters, and has previously won gold medals in the 100- and 200-meter races and the 4x100-meter relay at the 2008 and ’12 Olympics.

Since the 2012 Olympics, Bolt has won world championship gold medals in the 100 and 200 meters and 4x100-meter relay at the ’13 and ’15 world championships.

Bolt competed at the JN Racers Grand Prix in Kingston a few weeks ago and ran a quick 9.88 in the 100 meters despite nearly falling at the start.

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