Con­fi­dent of 100m gold

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"I said a cou­ple of years ago it had to get re­ally bad, when there's nowhere else to go but up.

“Dop­ing is al­ways a bad thing and it's never pleas­ant be­cause you put in the hard work and the sport starts go­ing for­ward and then you have other guys bring­ing it back, it's hard.

"It's go­ing in the right di­rec- tion so hope­fully it will con­tinue in that di­rec­tion." Bolt has raced only three times this sea­son, and last month ap­peared to be strug­gling with a back in­jury, but he in­sisted he was still the man to beat in the 100m, the qual­i­fy­ing rounds for which start on Fri­day.

“For some rea­son I am the un­der­dog,” he said. “That is what my team keep telling me so I have to prove my­self once more. But I am con­fi­dent in my abil­i­ties, al­ways. When I go out there I am fully con­fi­dent and ready to go – 100 per cent.

“The last 100m race I ran was a 9.95sec which shows I am go­ing in the right di­rec­tion. It is all about who can keep their nerves. I have been here many times and I know I am ready. It is go time.”

Bolt, who turns 31 later this month, also gave an em­phatic an­swer when asked how he would feel on Satur­day night af­ter the 100m fi­nal. “Un­beat­able,” he said.

“Usain Bolt has re­tired un­beat­able over that event. For me that will be the big­gest head­line. Un­beat­able and un­stop­pable.”

The men's 4x100m re­lay race - which will mark the end of Bolt's ca­reer - is on Au­gust 12.

The Ja­maican also in­sisted that he had been pro­vided with ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion to win yet an­other world ti­tle fol­low­ing the tragic death of his close friend Ger­maine Ma­son, the Olympic sil­ver medal win­ning high jumper, in a road ac­ci­dent in April. “It was a rough time,” he said. “I have never had some­one who passed away so close to me. I didn’t train for three weeks. My coach gave me my space, he gave me my time to get over it.”

(AFP)

Ja­maica's Usain Bolt ges­tures dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in Lon­don, UK, on Tues­day

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