World record holder Usain Bolt heads to Germany this week to continue rehabbing his injured hamstring after he withdrew from Jamaica’s Olympic trials only minutes before the men’s 100 metres final on Friday (1 July).
His executive manager Nugent Walker confirmed the news, less than 20 minutes before the race. Yohan Blake went on to win the men’s 100 and 200.
“He, Bolt, is out of the remainder of the championship on medical exemption,” Walker said. Bolt is believed to have a grade one tear in his left hamstring, which is the most minor of tears. It’s the same leg he injured while running at the Cayman Invitational, in May.
Bolt‘s withdrawal does not mean he will miss the Olympics, where he is expected to defend his titles in the 100 and 200, although the injury has some questioning whether he’ll be fit to run in Rio.
Unlike the United States, where the first three finishers in the trials win Olympic berths, Jamaica’s selection policy allows medical exemptions. Bolt, however, will have to prove he’s healthy at his next scheduled Diamond League meet in three weeks.
Bolt had clocked 10.04 seconds to win the first semi-final after a poor start and was due to square off in the final against Yohan Blake, who clocked 9.95 to win the other semi. Blake then went on to win the final and assure himself of a place at the Olympics, again clocking 9.95.