Allyson Felix. Photo Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil via Wikimedia Commons
Allyson Felix. Photo Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil via Wikimedia Commons

Allyson Felix and Usain Bolt, both struggling with injuries, are quick but contrasting studies in how to get to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games.

Felix, of Santa Clarita, endured ankle pain to win the 400-meter dash at the Olympic Trials last week, but fell short in the 200, the event she won at the 2012 London Games.

World record holder Bolt didn’t make it to the final of the Jamaican Olympic Trials, claiming a light hamstring tear, but Monday he was provisionally placed on his country’s Olympic team.

He received a medical exemption from the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association and will run in Rio if he can prove he’s fit while competing at a July 22 in London.

Felix didn’t bemoan the unfairness of their cases. Instead, she posted on Facebook:

“My heart aches that I won’t be able to defend my title in Rio in the 200m. It was my dream to go after the double, but I know God’s plan is greater than anything I could imagine. An enormous thank you for the continued love & support. Looking forward to getting back to 100% and attacking this 400.”

NBC had been banking on Felix going for the rare 200-400 double — which required the world governing body IAAF changing the Olympic track schedule to accommodate her. Now it’s left with half a Felix.

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