Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, has missed out on Jamaica’s wildcard for the 100m race at this year’s World Championships, after the officials decided to give the privilege to his national team mate Yohan Blake.
The country is allowed to select one runner as an automatic ‘wildcard’ entry leaving them with the dilemma of choosing only one athlete per event.
It now means that Usain Bolt will have to qualify for the 100m event at the Jamaica trials later this year.
Nevertheless, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association selected Bolt for the 200m run.
JAAA’s president announced the decision stating to news agency Reuters: "The executive of the JAAA has decided that in cases where Jamaica has both the Diamond League champions and the defending (world) champion, it is the defending champion that will get the nod.“
It is understood, that both Blake and Bolt must qualify at the upcoming trials in at least one competition but neither of them should have serious problems in managing to qualify for this year’s biggest event in Moscow.
Despite the sprinting wildcards being divided between Jamaica’s two fastest men, many great runners including the experienced Asafa Powell, Nickel Ashmeade and young Warren Weir could make serious competition for both of them.
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