Injured Bolt on course for 200m at Olympics: official

Sat Jul 2, 2016 1:26pm EDT
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By Kayon Raynor

KINGSTON (Reuters) - Usain Bolt is still in contention to compete in the 200 meters at next month's Olympics in Rio despite missing his country's trials through injury, the Jamaican athletics team boss said on Saturday.

Bolt, the six-times Olympic gold medalist, pulled out of the 100 meters final at the Jamaica Senior Championships on Friday after tearing a hamstring.

Although his place in that event in Rio is assured if he is fit because he has posted the required time, there were concerns that, having not run the 200 meters this season, the double sprint world record holder would be ruled out of the event at the Games, which start on Aug. 5.

But Jamaica team manager Ludlow Watts said the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) selection policy allowed for exceptions.

“The rules say if you’re ranked in the top three in the world, whether by ranking or time, it can be ranking or fastest time," Watts said.

"And (if) you’re unavailable because of medical reasons, as confirmed by the JAAA medical panel, and if after you have recovered you regain your pre-injury form, you may be considered for reinstatement in the event, provided that is done before the qualifying final entry date.”

Jamaica Olympic Association President Mike Fennell told Reuters he expected to receive the team list from the JAAA within the next seven days.

“The deadline for entries is set for Thursday of next week because we have to meet a deadline in Brazil by early the following week,” Fennel said, noting that athletes can be entered, withdrawn and substituted based on the IAAF and Olympics rules.   Continued...

Athletics - Jamaica National Trials - Kingston - 01/07/16 (L-R) Jevaughn Minzie, Usain Bolt, Senoj-Jay Givans and Dexter Lee in action during men's 100m semi-final race. REUTERS/Gilbert Bellamy