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Sprint king Bolt lands in Rio

Published:Thursday | July 28, 2016 | 7:00 AMAndre Lowe
Jamaica's Usain Bolt (centre) speaks to Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) president Dr Warren Blake (right) as he arrives at Rio de Janeiro International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday.

Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt touched down at the Antonio Carlos Jobim, Galeao International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last night as he gets ready to launch his Olympics 2016 campaign.

Bolt arrived at approximately 8 p.m. (6 p.m. Jamaica time) with his team, which includes executive manager and best friend Nugent Walker and his massage therapist Everald 'Eddie' Edwards.

The Jamaican is looking to successfully defend his 100m and 200m gold medals, which he won at both the 2008 and 2012 Games in Beijing and London, respectively.

His preparation for the Olympics has not been without setbacks, however, as a hamstring injury forced him out of Jamaica's Olympic trials on July 1.

He returned to the track last Friday at the London Diamond League, clocking a strong 19.88 as he won the 200m - his first since winning gold at the World Championships last year.

Bolt will, later this evening, join up with the rest of the Jamaican team members - including Asafa Powell and Yohan Blake - who are already at a pre-Games training camp, which is based at a nearby naval academy.

Sixty-three representatives in athletics, swimming, diving, and gymnastics will represent Jamaica at the Olympic Games, which run from August 5-21.