Usain Bolt fit for Rio Olympics after injury scare

Story highlights

  • Usian Bolt has been named to the Jamaican Olympic team for Rio 2016
  • Bolt injured his left hamstring so asked for medical exemption from Jamaica's trials

(CNN)World record holder Usain Bolt has been named to the Jamaican Olympic team for Rio 2016.

The sprint superstar gave fans a scare at the beginning of July by withdrawing from Olympic trials with a grade 1 tear in his hamstring.
But the six-time Olympic gold medalist looks set to defend his titles in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4x100 meter relay at the games next month, after his application for medical exemption was approved by the Jamaican Olympic Association on Monday.
    Bolt has been receiving treatment for his injury in Germany, and he reassured his four million Twitter fans that he was on the road to recovery with of a picture of himself back in training on Sunday.
    He also confirmed via a video post that he'd be competing at the London Anniversary Games on July 22nd.
    Bolt, 29, ran the second-fastest time in the world in June this year, clocking 9.88 in the 100 meters at a meet in Jamaica.
    The athlete is now set for an Olympic showdown with American rival Justin Gatlin, who recently ran the fastest 100 meters time of the year at the U.S. Olympic trials.
    Gatlin and his compatriot LaShawn Merritt have also qualified for the 200 meters, setting up another fiercely contested race in that event.
    Three other Jamaican athletes -- including 110 meters hurdles bronze medalist Hansle Parchment -- were included in the Olympic team after receiving medical exemptions from the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association.