The world’s fastest man is bidding for an unprecedented “triple triple” of gold medals in Brazil, hoping to become the first athlete to win the 100- and 200-meter as well as the 4×100-meter relay title at three consecutive Games. Usain Bolt promised that he will be physically ready for Rio Olympics.
Brushing aside any concerns about the hamstring injury which forced him to withdraw from his country’s Olympic trials in Kingston earlier this month, Bolt ran a solid time of 19.89sec in his first competitive 200m of this season.
Bolt, who remains undefeated in East London, is confident he can iron out any glitches with his cornering in his favourite discipline. “I’m getting there. I am not fully in shape. I need more work, but over time I will get there. I thought the cornering wasn’t perfect. But I am feeling good. At least I came here, ran the race and had no injuries. I am ready to defend my Olympic titles. The main thing is I am injury free. I always love competing here, ” said the 29-year-old.
Usain Bolt accused sprint rival Justin Gatlin of “disrespect” after the six-time Olympic champion won the 200m at the Anniversary Games in London. Bolt, 29, clocked 19.89 seconds in his first appearance since pulling out of the Jamaican trials.
He was picked for the Olympics after getting a medical exemption, leading to comments from Gatlin and others. “For me, I felt it was a joke, I felt it was a disrespect they think I’d back out of trials,” said Bolt.
“I’ve proven myself a year on year that I’m the greatest. I laughed when I heard it, I was disappointed, especially in Justin Gatlin,” he added.