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Bolt's Rio status unclear after Oly trials

Associated Press Associated Press 2/07/2016 By Tim Reynolds

Usain Bolt's Olympic quest is in doubt, after the sprint superstar left Jamaica's national championships with a hamstring injury shortly before he was due to run the 100 metre final.

On a dramatic night at the National Stadium, Bolt's longtime rival Yohan Blake won the 100 title and formally qualified for the Rio Olympics - but only after a false-start disqualification call against him was overturned after review.

But all the buzz was about Bolt and his status going forward, given the national championships also served as the Jamaican Olympic trials.

He's not out of the Rio Games, but his status hinges now on how he does at a meet in London in three weeks.

Bolt said he was diagnosed with a grade one hamstring tear - the most mild grading available - and that the discomfort began presenting itself in his quarter-final run on Thursday night.

"I have submitted a medical exemption to be excused from the 100m final and the remainder of the National Championships," Bolt said in a statement released through Jamaican officials.

"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."

Blake, who finished second to Bolt in the 100m at the London Olympics, said he was confident that the world-record holder would be in Rio.

"No doubt, no doubt, no doubt," Blake said.

"It's just a caution measure. He's good. Just being cautious."

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