By Kayon Raynor
KINGSTON (Reuters) – Sprint king Usain Bolt was named to the Jamaican Olympic team in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m races despite an injury that kept him from qualifying at trials, the Jamaican Olympic Association said on Monday.
The six-time Olympic gold medalist was forced to withdraw from his country’s trials earlier this month with a hamstring injury but was allowed on Jamaica’s team headed to the Rio Summer Games after applying for a medical exemption.
The inclusion of the world record holder in both the 100m and 200m on the Rio-bound Jamaican team came a day after Bolt posted a photograph from Germany of himself back in training.
Unlike in the United States, where the first three finishers in the trials win Olympic berths, Jamaica’s selection policy allows medical exemptions.
The Jamaican roster was submitted ahead of the July 18 deadline for preliminary entries but final changes to the track and field team can be made up to Aug. 10.
Since Bolt was granted a medical exemption that allows him to be added to the team, he still needs to prove his fitness by the next Diamond League meeting in London on July 22, where he recently said he would run the 200m.
The full 63-member Jamaican contingent consists of 59 track and field athletes, including two-time defending Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, two swimmers, one gymnast and one diver.
Others receiving medical exemptions are Olympic 110m hurdles bronze medalist Hansle Parchment, world 200m bronze medalist Elaine Thompson, and 400m hurdler Janeive Russell.
(Editing by Frank Pingue)