Carmelita Jeter, a three-time 2012 Olympic sprint medalist, and two-time U.S. Olympian Nick Symmonds announced Thursday they will not compete at the Olympic Track and Field Trials that start Friday due to injuries.
Jeter, who took 2012 Olympic 100m silver, said in an Instagram video that she reaggravated a left quad injury that has bothered her for years. She has suffered two torn quads and once had surgery.
“It’s been a rough two years,” said Jeter, who is the second fastest woman ever with a 100m personal best of 10.64 seconds from 2009 (.15 off Florence Griffith-Joyner‘s world record). “I am still the fastest woman alive.”
Jeter’s best 100m time this year was 11.16 seconds, which ranked her outside the top 10 Americans going into Trials.
Symmonds, the 2013 World 800m silver medalist, is out of Olympic Trials due to a torn ligament and stress fracture in his left ankle, according to his social media.
Symmonds has struggled with injuries since he finished fifth at the London Olympics. He won the 2015 U.S. Championship, his sixth national title, but missed the 2015 Worlds due to a contract dispute with USA Track and Field.
He last raced May 18 and also was ranked outside the top 10 Americans in his event this year.
The top three finishers per individual event make the Olympic team at Trials, assuming they have met the Olympic qualifying time or mark.
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This is my left ankle, it has been good to me. It has held up for thousands of miles, helped me win six national titles, taken me to two Olympic Games. However, this left ankle of mine currently has a torn ligament and a stress fracture, it will not allow me to compete in the 2016 Olympic Trials. I should say I feel devastated, but honestly I feel nothing but happiness and gratitude that my legs have held up as long as they did. Not saying I've retired or anything, but my 2016 season is now over. I'll be in #Eugene for the next two weeks, if you see me, say hello! The saddest part for me is not getting to race for the people who came out to watch me run. Free packs of @rungum for everyone, on me.