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Usain Bolt named to Jamaican Olympic team with medical exemption

15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 - Day Eight

BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 29: Usain Bolt of Jamaica crosses the finish line to win gold in the Men’s 4x100 Metres Relay final during day eight of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 29, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images for IAAF)

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A hamstring injury kept Usain Bolt from earning his spot on the Jamaican Olympic team at trials, but it shouldn’t keep him from competing in Rio. He was named to the squad Monday after receiving a medical exemption from the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association.

Bolt was competing at his country’s trials when he sustained the injury, which is a grade-one tear. The top three in his races qualify for the Olympics, but unlike the U.S., Jamaica allows for medical exemptions and discretionary measures. So it was not in doubt that he’d be chosen. He just needs to prove he’s fit by the London Diamond League event on July 22.

The world’s fastest man will be seeking third consecutive Olympic gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. He’ll be one of 59 Jamaican track and field athletes, the country’s largest team ever in athletics.

Other track and field stars, such as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Yohan Blake and Veronica Campbell-Brown, were also officially named to Jamaica’s team.

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