Usain Bolt to be named to Jamaica Olympic team Monday, report says


Usain Bolt will be named to the Jamaican Olympic team in the 100m and 200m on Monday, according to the Jamaica Gleaner.

Bolt pulled out of the Jamaican Olympic Trials last Friday with a hamstring injury, before he could have qualified for the team by finishing in the top three in the 100m or 200m.

But Jamaica’s selection policy allows for medical exemptions and discretionary measures, so the world’s fastest man was not in doubt to be chosen.

The report says four men will be named to the Olympic team for each of the 100m and 200m.

Nations can enter a maximum of three athletes per Olympic track and field event, so Jamaican officials will have to eventually drop one of the four names for each race. Naming four men per race allows a safety net in the (very unexpected) event that Bolt would not be healthy enough to compete in Rio.

Bolt is next expected to race in London on July 22 in his first 200m since winning a world title last Aug. 27. He ranks fourth in the world in the 100m this year:

  1. Justin Gatlin — 9.80
  2. Trayvon Bromell — 9.84
  3. Jimmy Vicaut — 9.86
  4. Usain Bolt — 9.88

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