Speculation is rife that Usain Bolt will not successfully defend his 100 metres and 200m because of injury, but the Jamaican speedster insists he is at least 95 per cent fit.
“It was a slight problem. I got that fixed and I’m ready to go,” Bolt said in his first formal media appearance of the London Games. “My fitness at the trials was all right, I guess, but I wasn’t at the best. I can’t complain. It was all right.
“It’s always a wake-up call to get beaten. For me it’s all about getting it right on the day. I’m all right now.”
In the build up to the opening ceremony at the London Olympics, the most talked about athlete, inevitably, is Bolt who along with swimmer Michael Phelps share top billing at the Games.
Bolt seems more interesting because he is vulnerable and the questions remain on whether he can produce the magical form from Beijing which catapulted him to super stardom.
Jamaican athletes at the Games are loathed to talk about their flag bearer at Friday’s opening ceremony who still has over a week to minimise back and hamstring problems before he races in the 100m heats on 4 August.
The 25-year-old showman’s compatriot Yohan Blake is his likeliest rival having beaten Bolt in the 100m and 200m at the Jamaican Olympic trials a month ago.
Blake was in sizzling form when he ran 9.82 seconds at the Cayman Invitational in May and consensus is ‘The Beast’ is set to upset Bolt and take double gold. Bolt dismisses that notion.
“I wouldn’t say I’m under pressure. I’m just focused on winning. I don’t think it’ll be the end of the world if I don’t win, but I’m not going to think about losing at any point in time.”