Bolt un­fazed by Gatlin

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

let’sle hear the shout, ‘I’m sure it will be Usain Bolt!’“Bo

The 100 and 200m world record holder, Bo Bolt won both events at the 2008 and 2012 O Olympics.

Hav­ing taken time off last year, the 28 28-year-old told Reuters he was look­ing to set qu quick times this sea­son.

“I al­ways try to wait un­til I run my first ra race (to set tar­gets), but for me the aim is alw ways to go to the cham­pi­onship and to de­fend m my ti­tles,” he said.

“But I want to run re­ally fast this sea­son so I’m work­ing on it.”

Mills said Bolt had stepped up his preparati tion since run­ning 46.37 sec­onds over 400m o on March 14 in Kingston.

“He has made sig­nif­i­cant strides since the last time you saw him (in com­pe­ti­tion),” he said.

“He’s down to com­pete in Brazil in an­other two weeks and he’s get­ting into the kind of com­pet­i­tive shape that he’ll be able to per­form to the kind of lev­els that we know he’s ca­pa­ble of do­ing.

Bolt, who will com­pete on wild­card ent tries in Bei­jing, was also sat­is­fied with his co con­di­tion as he gears up for his April 19 race in Rio de Janeiro, the host city for next year’s su sum­mer Olympics where he will be ex­pected to de­fend his ti­tles.

His sched­ule also in­cludes Di­a­mond League m meet­ings in New York, Paris and Lau­sanne be be­fore Bei­jing.

“I’m happy with where I’m at, I’m do­ing a lot of work lead­ing up to this first run in Br Brazil ... that’s the fo­cus right and that’s what we’re work­ing to­wards,” said Bolt, who posted a pic­ture of him­self train­ing on Easter Mon­day on his so­cial me­dia ac­counts.

Bolt could also ap­pear at Ja­maica’s na­tional tri­als be­tween June 25 and 28 in Kingston.

“He didn’t com­pete that much last year, he did very lit­tle, and in pre­par­ing for the world cham­pi­onships we’re try­ing to get him a fair amount of com­pe­ti­tion in point­ing him in that di­rec­tion,” Mills said.

“We have a num­ber of in­ter­na­tional races lined up be­fore the tri­als and his progress in those meets will de­ter­mine whether or not he needs to run the tri­als, but it’s not off the ta­ble.” —


Justin Gatlin

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