The Iconic Sprinter and twice Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt withdrew from the Jamaican Olympic Trials on Friday after suffering a Grade 1 torn hamstring.
The champion Sprinter won his 100-meter semifinal heat with a time of 10.04 seconds. He reported about a tight hamstring post his preliminary race on Thursday, and the pain reoccurred after his semifinal run.
Bolt shared this through the microblogging site, twitter in a tweet which says “After feeling discomfort in my hamstring after the first round last night and then again in the semifinal 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 remainder of the National Championships. I will seek treatment immediately and hope to show fitness at the London Anniversary Games on July 22 to ear selection for the Olympic Games in Rio”.
Nugent Walker, the Executive Manager of the the world’s fastest man, confirmed the news, less than 20 minutes before the race.
In his statement Walker said, “He, Bolt, is out of the remainder of the championship on medical exemption,” Walker said.
As per Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association selection policy, despite missing the trials, Bolt could still compete in Rio as long as he can prove that injury prevented them from competing at the trials.
Bolt, is seen as the strongest contender of the gold medal in all three of his events for the third consecutive Olympics.