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July 7 is D-Day for injured sprint king Usain Bolt

Kingston: Injured Usain Bolt will learn on Thursday (July 7) if he will have his chance to run for a third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the 100 meters, 200m and 4x100 relay.

Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt

A Jamaican Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) committee will meet on Thursday to consider Bolt's medical exemption request to be allowed to run in the 100 and 200 and on the relay — all events he won at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics.

Bolt said on Friday after pulling out of the 100m final at the Jamaican Olympic Trials that he has suffered a slight hamstring tear, later posting photographs on social media of what appeared to be him receiving treatment on his left hamstring.

Reigning 100 and 200 world champion and world record-holder Bolt filed for the medical exemption that would allow him on to the Jamaican Olympic squad despite not competing in the trials.

Warren Blake, JAAA president, confirmed that Bolt had requested the exemption for the 100 and 200 after withdrawing. JAAA rules allow injured athletes ranked in the top three on the IAAF performance list to miss the meet and be placed on the Olympic squad.

"He will run at the London meet on the 22nd and we hope he will get a good time there," Blake said.

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