Bolt al­lays ham­string in­jury con­cerns

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Olympic sprint­ing leg­end Usain Bolt in­sists he has no fit­ness prob­lems af­ter a re­cent ham­string in­jury scare.

The 29-year-old pulled out of the 100m fi­nal at the Ja­maican Olympic tri­als, but will race in his first 200m of the sea­son in Lon­don on Fri­day.

“My ham­string is good. I have no is­sue right now,” Bolt said.

“I had a strain. If I’d com­peted I prob­a­bly would have torn my ham­string re­ally bad, but I was never re­ally wor­ried. I know I’m in good shape.”

Bolt will re­turn to the Olympic Sta­dium in East Lon­don, scene of his three gold medals at the Lon­don 2012 Games, in his fi­nal com­pet­i­tive race at the An­niver­sary Games be­fore he at­tempts the “triple triple” of 100m, 200m and 4x100m Olympic golds in Rio next month.

“I’m here to win,” he said. “I’m al­ways ex­cited to be here and it is go­ing to be a lot of fun. I needed a 200 race. I hadn’t run all sea­son, so I’m happy to run my first one here.”

Asked about his ri­valry with Amer­i­can Justin Gatlin, whom he beat in both the 100m and 200m at last year’s world cham­pi­onships, Bolt said: “I am def­i­nitely a tough com­peti­tor.

“Last year, Gatlin was just not ready, it was the first time he was be­ing chased, he was usu­ally the one win­ning by far, but he had a tough com­peti­tor and it was hard for him. This year, I am in much bet­ter shape so I won’t leave it to the last sec­ond.”

Bolt won the 200m in 19.55 sec­onds in Bei­jing last year, and asked if he could beat his 2009 world record of 19.19 in Rio, he said: “It’s pos­si­ble.

“I’m happy I didn’t get a re­ally bad set­back this sea­son and I think the com­pe­ti­tion of the 100m will help my fo­cus in try­ing to break the 200m record.”

Usain Bolt

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