For a minute or so, concern rose over the track and field fraternity that Usain Bolt might not make it to the Rio games as he missed the Olympic trials with a left hamstring injury. But brushing aside all the fears, the fastest man in history will be sprinting this August in Brazil, it’s confirmed.
Bolt will be there along with the other names which the Jamaica Olympic Association will confirm on Monday heading to the games.
The six-time Olympic gold medalist withdrew before the 100m final at the Jamaican Olympic Trials last Friday with a hamstring injury. He also missed the 200m final.
The world-record holder in the 100 (9.58 seconds) and 200 (19.19) meters qualified for the events because of the medical exemptions that the Jamaican team allows in the qualifying process if you fail to compete in the trials.
This same leniency is not possible for an American track and field athlete; the top-three finishers in the United States trials qualify to represent the country at the Olympics, with the fourth-place finisher remains a potential replacement.
Bolt will, however, still need to prove his health at the July 22 London Anniversary Games to fully confirm his ticket to Rio this summer. It will be his first 200m since defeating Justin Gatlin to win the gold medal at the 2015 World Championships. The sprinter has previously said he would make it back to full strength so he could represent Jamaica.
Despite his absence at the trials, many from the track community fully believe Bolt will be in Rio when the festivities got underway.
“Come on, man, he’s Usain,” Justin Gatlin, regarded as one of Bolt’s biggest challengers recently told.
Latest reports are saying Bolt has been in France receiving treatment from Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt. Meanwhile, in his absence from the trials, Yohan Blake, and Nickel Ashmeade clinched the top two spots for Jamaica in the 100m and 200m.
In the possible absence of Usain Bolt at the Olympics, some of the American sprinters feel as if any medals won without the presence of the world’s most famous sprinter would be tainted.
“I want him to be there at full strength. I want everybody to be healthy,” said American sprinter Mike Rodgers. “I want it to be the best race in history.”
Well, it seems like Rodgers is going to get his wish. Bolt is back.