Jamaica will decide by August 8
RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): Jamaican Athletics team will decide until August 8 about situation with medical exemptions from the trials. Informs Jamaican Gleaner. It was confirmed by team manager Ludlow Watts. He told The Gleaner that the athletes with question marks will be given a series of tests by the medical team here to confirm their physical health while the panel of coaches assigned to the team will then examine their conditioning on the track before a final determination is made. The athletes with exemptions were Usain Bolt (100 m, 200 m), Janieve Russell (400 m Hurdles), Elaine Thompson (200 m), and Hansle Parchment (110 m hurdles). All were given medical exemptions at some point during the trials after suffering injuries. Bolt proved his shape and fitness with 19.89 200 m at London DL, Parchment clocked 13.53 at the meet in Ninove, Belgium. Russell did not compete since June 12 and Thompson since July 2 when she ran the 200 m heats at Jamaican Trials. With only three athletes per country allowed to compete, the situation has left third-placed finishers at the national trials Kaliese Spencer (400m hurdles), Kali Davis-White (200m) and Andrew Riley (110m hurdles) all in a cloud of uncertainty.