Usain Bolt's attendance at this summer's Olympic Games could be in jeopardy due to an injury he suffered earlier this week. Bolt had to withdraw from the Jamaican Olympic trials, which could hurt his chances at competing in Rio this summer, ESPN reports. Late Friday, the six-time Olympic gold medalist announced his decision to pull out of the competition on Twitter, revealing he has a Grade 1 tear in his hamstring.
After feeling discomfort in my hamstring after the first round last night and then again the semi-final tonight I was examined by the Chief Doctor of the National Championships and diagnosed with a Grade 1 tear. 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.
Bolt's chances at the Summer Games will now depend entirely on his performance at the London Anniversary Games on July 22. If the 29-year-old sprinter can prove that the injury is behind him, then he's Olympic-bound. Even though a Grade 1 hamstring tear is considered the most mild version of that injury, Bolt doesn't have any room for a setback or failure.
As promised, Bolt has immediately started up on getting treatment for his hamstring.
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