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Up-and-coming sprinter Abdul Hakim Sani Brown’s hopes of appearing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August are all but over, the Japan Association of Athletics Federations said Wednesday.

A left thigh injury has forced the 17-year-old to withdraw from the national championships — a Rio qualifier — starting in Nagoya on Friday, virtually eliminating him from contention for a spot on Japan’s Olympic team.

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