Rio Olympics appearance now unclear for world's fastest man

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Rio Olympics Appearance Now Unclear for World's Fastest Man


Usain Bolt, considered the world's fastest man, may not compete in the Rio Olympic Games next month.

Bolt tweeted on Friday that he has a Grade 1 tear in his hamstring and sought a medical exemption from the 100-meter final and the rest of the Jamaican National Championships.

He said, "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."

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Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association policy says athletes who rank in the top three in the world for an event and receive an injury or ill exemption in the National Championships can still be considered for the Olympics. That's if they can prove their world ranking before the final entries need to be submitted.

Even if he recovers, it's unclear if he'd be able to compete in the 200-meter race because according to CNN, Bolt hasn't run a 200-meter race this year.

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Jamaica's Usain Bolt runs in a men's 200 meter qualifying heat at the Olympic Stadium during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Tuesday, Aug. 24 2004. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
John Capel of the US, centre, gets ahead of Jamaica's Usain Bolt, second, and Japan's Shingo Suetsugu, fifth, to win the third heat of the Men's 200 meters at the World Athletics Championships in Helsinki, Wednesday Aug. 10, 2005. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
From left, Portugal's Francis Obikwelu, Jamaica's Usain Bolt and United States' Wallace Spearmon compete in their Men's 200m semi-final during the World Athletics Championships Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007, in Osaka, Japan. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
United States' gold medal winner Tyson Gay is flanked by Jamaica's silver medal winner Usain Bolt, left, and bronze medalist US' Wallace Spearmon display their medals during the medal ceremony for the Men's 200m at the World Athletics Championships Friday, Aug. 31, 2007, in Osaka, Japan. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Jamaican runners Asafa Powell, left, and Usain Bolt, right, are seen at the O2 arena, London, Thursday July 24, 2008, prior to the London Grand Prix Track and Field meeting in Crystal Palace on July 25, and 26. (AP Photo/ Max Nash)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt competes in a men's 100-meter second round heat during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 15, 2008. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt, front, crosses the finish line to win gold in the men's 100-meter final during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's 100-meter final during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008. Left is Trinidad's Richard Thompson. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates with the Jamaican flag after winning the gold medal in the during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt starts a men's 200-meter semi-final during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt reacts after winning a semifinal of the men's 200-meter in the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates winning the gold and setting a new world record in the men's 200-meter final during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt poses next to a scoreboard after setting a new world record as he wins the gold in the men's 200-meter final during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt kisses the track after winning the gold and setting a new world record in the men's 200-meter final during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
Usain Bolt, from Jamaica, triple gold medal winner at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, signs a poster, during a press conference ahead of the Golden League track and field meeting "Weltklasse Zuerich", in Zuerich, Switzerland, Wedensday, Aug. 27, 2008. The meeting will take place in Zurich on Friday, Aug. 29, 2008. (AP Photo/Keystone, Eddy Risch)
Usain Bolt from the Jamaica celebrates after he won the 100 meters competition during the IAAF "Weltklasse Zurich" Golden League meeting at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich, Switzerland on Friday, Aug. 29, 2008. (AP Photo/Daniel Maurer)
Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt holds his "Athlete of the Year Award", Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, in Monaco, awarded by the International Athletic Foundation. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
Olympic star Usain Bolt, right, talks to reporters after winning his first 100-meter race during the GC Foster College Classic in Spanish Town, Jamaica, Saturday, March 14, 2009. Bolt clocked 9.93 seconds. It was Bolt's first 100 since he won the Golden League meet at Brussels in September.(AP Photo/Collin Reid)
Olympic runner Usain Bolt of Jamaica, wearing the number 9.69 which was his world record time for the 100 meter dash at the Beijing Olympics, warms up prior to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Boston Red Sox facing the New York Yankees in their MLB baseball game at Fenway Park, Saturday, April 25, 2009, in Boston.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt poses for pictures after winning a 150m street race in central Manchester with a world record time of 14.35 seconds, Manchester, England, Sunday, May 17, 2009. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Jamaican Usain Bolt celebrates with his national flag after winning the 100 meters men race the IAAF World Athletics Tour Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Wednesday, June 17, 2009. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt poses for photographs with a pair of 'Bolt Arms' during a news conference for the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Berlin, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009. The event starts on Saturday and will be held at the Berlin Olympic Stadium. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt, center, runs to setting a new Men's 100m World Record during the World Athletics Championships in Berlin on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt poses beside the indicating board after setting a new Men's 100m World Record in the Men's final at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt reacts after a Men's 200m 2nd round heat during the World Athletics Championships in Berlin on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 16: Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt of Jamaica holds a baby kangaroo on arrival at the World Champions Charity Ball to benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia at Doltone House on September 16, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt prepares to run at the Penn Relays athletics meet, Saturday, April 24, 2010, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt greets fans after winning the men's 300 meters race at the IAAF World Challenge Golden Spike athletic meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Thursday, May 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt competes to win the men's 100m race at the Diamond League athletics meet at Bislett Stadium in Oslo on June 7, 2011. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL SANNUM LAUTEN (Photo credit should read DANIEL SANNUM LAUTEN/AFP/GettyImages)
Usain Bolt of Jamaica makes his characteristic pose after winning the 200m at the Diamond league Bislett Games in Olso, Norway Thursday June 9 2011. Bolt clocked the year's fastest time of 19.86 seconds in rainy conditions. (AP Photo/ Cornelius Poppe / SCANPIX NORWAY)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt positions himself in the starting blocks ahead of a heat of the Men's 100m at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
Britain's Prince Harry, left, receives a T-shirt as a gift from Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt after participating in a mock a mock race in Kingston, Jamaica, Tuesday March 6, 2012. The Prince is in Jamaica as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour in honor of Queen Elizabeth II who celebrates 60 years on the throne. His visit comes as the new prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller, has called anew for the severing of ties with the British monarchy. (AP Photo/Collin Reid)
Jamaica's sprinter Usain Bolt models a Jamaica Olympic kit designed by Cedella Marley, daughter of Bob Marley, during the kit unveiling in London, Friday, June 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt leads a men's 100-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt crosses the finish line to win gold in the men's 100-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )
Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates winning gold in the men's 100-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
FILE - This is a Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 file photo of Jamaica's Usain Bolt reacts to his win in the men's 100-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London. It was reported on Wednesday March 20, 2013 that Usain Bolt will run in the Diamond League meet in Brussels on Sept. 6, three weeks after the world championships in Moscow. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt competes in a men's 200-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Jamaica's gold medal winner Usain Bolt, center, celebrates with his teammate Warren Weir, left, and Yohan Blake after the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Jamaica's Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt poses for a photo for the benefit of the media during his visit to the Brazilian landmark Christ the Redeemer statue, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. Bolt is taking some time off his promotional schedule in Rio de Janeiro to do some sightseeing at the city where he will try to add to his Olympic triumphs at the 2016 Games. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates after winning gold in the Men's 100-meter final at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates winning the men's 200-meter final at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013.(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt dances as he celebrates winning gold in the men's 4x100-meter relay final at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Usain Bolt of Jamaica poses for the camera with his gold medal for the men's 4x100 meter team relay at Hampden Park Stadium during the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland, Saturday Aug. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/ Scott Heppell)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt gestures prior his 100m run during the Diamond League athletics meeting at the Olympic Stadium in London, Friday, July 24, 2015. Many world champion athletes are gathering at London’s Olympic Stadium this weekend for the two-day IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 24: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning the Mens 100m final during day one of the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games at The Stadium - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on July 24, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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The 29-year-old is a six-time Olympic gold medalist and holds the world record for the 100-meter and 200-meter races.

He tweeted late Friday two photos of him undergoing treatment for the tear. He wrote, "Starting the recovery process right away."

The Olympic Games opening ceremony will be held on Aug. 5 with track and field competitions beginning on Aug. 12.

This video includes clips from Gatorade, Puma, NBC and CNN, and images from Twitter / @usainbolt and Steven Zwerink / CC BY SA 2.0. Music provided courtesy of APM Music.

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