Usain Bolt selected to Jamaican Olympic team despite injury

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Usain Bolt has been selected to the Jamaican Olympic team despite withdrawing from the Olympic trials last week with a hamstring tear, according to The Jamaica Gleaner.

Bolt was granted a medical exemption allowing him to be listed among the Jamaican Olympic athletes, but he must still prove his fitness at the London Diamond League on July 22 in order to compete in the Games in Rio next month.

The Rio Olympics will be Bolt’s fourth Games, and if the six-time gold medalist is fit to compete he will run in the 100- and 200-meter races.

Bolt holds the world records at 100 and 200 meters, and won his Olympic gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. 

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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.

The Rio Olympics are scheduled to begin on Aug. 5.

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