Ja­maican great sets sights on 2 more golds in Moscow

Ja­maican great has sights set on two more golds in Moscow

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE in Moscow

I feel a lit­tle tired, I need some rest. I con­tinue to work on my aim to be­come a le­gend by col­lect­ing gold medals and ath­lete of the year ti­tles.”

USAIN BOLT AF­TER WIN­NING THE 100M TI­TLE AT THE WORLDS ON SUN­DAY

No sooner did Usain Bolt happily pocket the 100m world gold than his fo­cus was promptly switched to snag­ging two more golds in his neverdy­ing quest to be­come a “real le­gend” of mod­ern day track and field.

Bolt’s blis­ter­ing, world record-set­ting per­for­mances at the Ber­lin worlds in 2009 fol­lowed tre­ble gold at the Bei­jing Olympics.

A blip in the Daegu worlds in 2011 saw him lose his 100m crown to team­mate Yohan Blake af­ter a false-start dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion, but he re­bounded for two more golds there be­fore seal­ing a unique dou­ble tre­ble at last year’s Lon­don Olympics.

Bolt made no bones about his pri­mary in­ten­tion in the Rus­sian cap­i­tal: win back the 100m ti­tle.

And he did so in em­phatic style, clock­ing a sea­son’s best 9.77 sec­onds in heavy rain at the Luzh­niki Sta­dium late Sun­day, with Amer­i­can Justin Gatlin claim­ing sil­ver in 9.85 sec and Nesta Carter, also of Ja­maica, tak­ing bronze in 9.95.

Ja­maicans also fin­ished fourth and fifth, re­spec­tively Ke­mar Bai­ley-Cole and Nickel Ash­meade ( both in 9.98), with Amer­i­can Mike Rodgers in sixth ( 10.04), French­man Christophe Lemaitre sev­enth (10.06) and Bri­ton James Dasaolu last in 10.21.

“I feel a lit­tle tired, I need some rest,” said Bolt. “I con­tinue to work on my aim to be­come a le­gend by col­lect­ing gold medals and ath­lete of the year ti­tles.

“And the 200m and 4x100m re­lay are yet to come,” he said, with round one and semi­fi­nals of the 200m on Fri­day and fi­nal on Satur­day, fol­lowed by the cham­pi­onship-end­ing 4x100m re­lay 24 hours later.

Bolt said there was no added pres­sure to per­form go­ing into the race.

“It’s all about if you want to put your­self un­der pres­sure, I don’t do that be­cause I know what I want,” he said.

“I go out there and com­pete, and com­pete at my best. Win, lose or draw, I’ll al­ways be happy be­cause I know I went out there and gave it my best.”

Bolt added: “Com­ing up to this race, it was a long sea­son, I had a few set­backs, but had con­fi­dence in my coach (Glen Mills) that he was ca­pa­ble of get­ting me ready for the world cham­pi­onships.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to run­ning the 200m, I can’t prom­ise any­thing ( re­gard­ing a world record). Hope­fully ev­ery­thing will come to­gether.

“My legs are sore right now, but I’ll get some ice bags, get the masseurs to work right and I’ll be OK.”

With the cred­i­bil­ity of ath­let­ics ques­tioned in light of the re­cent pos­i­tive dop­ing tests of sev­eral stars in­clud­ing Amer­i­can sprinter Tyson Gay and fel­low Ja­maican Asafa Pow­ell, Bolt’s vic­tory was a boost for track and field as a whole.

The Ja­maican, also the world record holder in the 100 and 200m, ad­mit­ted that the race it­self had been far from per­fect, a slow start, tough track and heavy rain all con­spir­ing to work against him.

“I knew there were go­ing to be fast times,” he said. “I had to get out there and get in my drive phase be­cause the last 50 me­ters are the best part of my race.

“Just to be around great starters like Justin Gatlin and Nesta Carter, you know you have to have to get it right.

“I had to fo­cus on my first 50, I couldn’t worry about Justin be­cause I knew he’d get there first.

“He’s not the sort of per­son who cracks un­der pres­sure so I had to stay fo­cused and go for the line.

“I wanted to run faster but it was one of those days, not ‘singing in the rain’ but ‘run­ning in the rain’.”

Gatlin, con­tin­u­ing his re­mark­able come­back from a four-year dop­ing ban im­posed af­ter he had won 2004 Olympic gold and the 2005 world sprint dou­ble, said he had no prob­lem with the re­sult.

“If I’d run a per­fect race and been beaten I’d have been con­cerned but I didn’t run a per­fect race,” said the Amer­i­can who claimed bronze at the Lon­don Olympics.

“What I’ve been work­ing on is to at­tack the track, I went out there to com­pete in the last half of the race in­stead of run­ning a tech­ni­cal race and that’s why I got sil­ver in­stead of the gold.

“I thought I had it for a sec­ond but then I saw th­ese long legs com­ing on my right side!” said Gatlin, whose re­la­tions with Bolt have not been the warm­est.

KAI PFAFFENBACH / REUTERS

Usain Bolt poses with a Ja­maican flag af­ter win­ning the men’s 100m fi­nal dur­ing the IAAF World Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships at the Luzh­niki Sta­dium in Moscow on Sun­day.

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