OSTRAVA, Czech Republic: Sprint superstar Usain Bolt transformedthe world of athletics with a stunning set of world record-settingperformances at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The Jamaican went on to better his double sprint records at theBerlin worlds a year later, but insisted on Wednesday that he wouldbe ready to deliver more "great things" at this summer's LondonGames. "It's the Olympics, I'm going there to do great things," said Bolt,who opened his season on home soil earlier this month with a9.82sec over 100m and kicks off his European season here on Friday. "I want to repeat what I did in Beijing," he said, adding: "If I'min great shape, no one'll beat me in London, that's for sure." Bolt, who lost his world 100m title to compatriot Yohan Blake inDaegu last year after false starting in the final, added: "I'mworking hard, things are coming together smoothly. |
"I'm trying to stay focused and I know I'll get there. I expect torun fast, that's the expectation I have of myself. I definitelywant to continue the start of my season. "I'm working with my coach (Glenn Mills) on my transition andtechnique, ironing out a few problems.
"I'm definitely on the good path, the right track. I've been injuryfree and I'm looking to doing extremely well at the Olympics." That said, Bolt insisted that setting world record times were notas important as claiming gold. "You can't say," he answered when asked what time he expected towin the 100m. "You never know what the temperature will be, younever know what will happen on the day. "I'll run as fast as possible to get across the line first.
I'm notreally worried about the time." Bolt stressed that he had been forced to take stock after hisstunning false-start in Daegu last July, which left fansshell-shocked as one of the world's most recognisable sportingfigures was led off the track. "One thing I learnt about my false start in Daegu is that Idefinitely need to be myself," he said. "I went through the season doing bad starts, but it came togetherin Daegu. I was anxious because I was doing so well and I lostfocus. "In the 200m, I went right back to being me and there was noproblem.
I'm over that because I know why I false started. It won'tbe a factor." Bolt welcomed Blake's rise to prominence, saying it was "good forthe sport", explaining that the lack of race-offs between the duowas due to a number of factors such as varying fitness levels,agents' demands and building up suspense over the season. "You can never be worried about one person. I know what I've got todo to be champion. I'm happy where I'm at.
"When everyone's fit and ready, the showdown will be much betterand much fairer. "The fact is that we can't hide, we will race this season!" Bolt added that he and his Jamaican teammates were ready to face upagainst their traditional US rivals led by the likes of Tyson Gay,Wallace Spearmon and Walter Dix. "We're just keeping it up," he said of the sprint rivalry betweenthe two nations. "It's been back and forth but Jamaica's on top now. So we'll tryand keep it that way.
They've got to work really hard." - AFP/fa.
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