Ex-Lion Jahvid Best OK'd for Saint Lucia Olympic team

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Former Lions running back Jahvid Best has been approved for Saint Lucia’s Olympic track and field team as a sprinter, according to NBC Sports.

Best, 27, who played for the Lions in 2010-11 before concussions ended his NFL career in 2013, will participate in the Rio Games next month.

Best’s father is Saint Lucian and Best holds dual citizenship with the United States. Saint Lucia is an island nation in the eastern Caribbean Sea with a population of about 185,000.

"I just want to bring pride to Saint Lucia, to the Olympic team, to the sport of athletics," Best told the Saint Lucia News in May. "I want to carry the flag around the track and make my family and country proud.”

Best, who was drafted by the Lions out of California in the first round in 2010, is expected to compete in the 100 meters at the Olympics.

At a meet in San Diego in April 2 he ran the 100 in 10.16 seconds – faster than the Saint Lucian national record of 10.17 seconds.

Best is not fast enough to compete for the American team.

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