Usain Bolt withdrew from the Jamaican Olympic Trials on Friday sending fans into a frenzy.
The Jamaican sprint legend said he was diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring tear — the most mild sort — and that the discomfort began presenting itself in his quarterfinal race on Thursday night.
However the two-time 100-meter Olympic gold medalist is not out of the Rio Games, but his status hinges now on how he does at a meet in London in three weeks.
“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.”
On Friday Bolt took to social media to assure his fans that the recovery process has already started.
“Starting the recovery process right away,” He tweeted.
Starting the recovery process right away. pic.twitter.com/J0HuvxOfiJ
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) July 2, 2016
Meanwhile, Yohan Blake, who finished second to Bolt at the London Games in the 100, said he was confident that the world-record-holder will be in Rio.
“No doubt, no doubt, no doubt,” Blake said. “It’s just a caution measure. He’s good. Just being cautious.”