Sports Illustrated magazine has featured Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, six-time Olympic champion and fastest man in the world, on its cover just weeks before he competes at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Although Bolt withdrew from the Jamaican Olympic trials on July 1 due to a tear injury to his left hamstring, he was selected to the Jamaican national team on a medical exemption. According to Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated, Bolt plans to push past his injury in a bid to win three more gold medals in Rio to cap his outstanding career.
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