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Usain Bolt named in Jamaican Olympic team for Rio 2016 Games

Usain Bolt named in Jamaican Olympic team for Rio 2016 Games

Posted by PanamericanWorld on July 12, 2016

Sprint superstar Usain Bolt has been named in the Jamaican Olympic team for the 100m, 200m and 4x100m events at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games next month.

There had been some concern over Bolt's participation after he suffered a hamstring tear that forced him to withdraw from the Jamaican Olympic trials. However, he has been granted a place on the team after his application for a medical exemption was approved by the Jamaican Olympic Association on Monday (11 July).

Bolt, who won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay titles at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games – and holds the 100m and 200m world records – has been recovering from his injury in Germany, where he is receiving treatment from sports doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wolfahrt.

After posting a photo of himself back in training on Instagram on Sunday (10 July), Bolt appears to be well on his way to recovery. He also posted a video on Twitter telling fans not to worry as he would compete at the London Anniversary Games on 22 July as he prepares for Rio 2016.

Bolt is now set for an Olympic showdown with American rival Justin Gatlin, who recently ran the fastest 100m time of the year at the US Olympic trials. Gatlin and his compatriot LaShawn Merritt have also qualified for the 200m, setting up another mammoth showdown with Bolt in that event.

Bolt and three other Jamaican athletes, including 110m hurdles bronze medallist Hansle Parchment, were included in the Olympic team after receiving medical exemptions from the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA).

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