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Bolt suffers Grade 1 tear, hopes to prove fitness for Olympic Games selection

The world's fastest man Usain Bolt has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 tear.

The six-time Olympic championt, after running 10.04 to book his place in the men’s 100m final at Jamaica's Olympic trials on Friday night, pulled out of the final with a hamstring injury.

“After feeling discomfort in my hamstring after the first round last night (Thursday night) and then again in the semi-final tonight (Friday) I was examined by the Chief Doctor of the National Championships and diagnosed with a Grade 1 tear,” explained Bolt in a Twitter post.

“I have submitted a medical exemption to be excused from the 100m final and the remainder of the National Championships,” added the world record holder for 100m (9.58) and 200m (19.19).

According to Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) selection policy, the first three finishers at the National Senior Championships will be selected, unless there was a medical exemption from a world top top three athlete. The athlete is then expected to prove his/her fitness before the start of the competition.

Bolt continued: “I will seek treatment immediately and hope to show fitness at the London Anniversary Games on July 22 to earn selection for the Olympic Games in Rio.”

Bolt is targeting a defence of his 100, 200 and 4x100-metre titles in Rio.

In the absence of Bolt from the 100-metre final, his Racers Track Club teammate Yohan Blake scored a hard-fought victory.

Blake and Nickel Ashmeade were involved in a close battle, but Blake held on to win in 9.95 seconds.  Ashmeade clocked 9.96 seconds, while Jevaughn Minzie came with a brilliant run to secure third in a personal best 10.02.

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