Never write me off, warns king Bolt

The Pak Banker - - INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS/SPORTS -

Usain Bolt has warned that peo­ple write him off at their peril af­ter the im­pe­ri­ous Ja­maican sealed another world tre­ble gold de­spite an in­jury-hit sea­son. Bolt an­chored Ja­maica to vic­tory in the 4x100m re­lay to add to his wins in both the 100m and 200m, trumping his much-touted and con­tro­ver­sial Amer­i­can ri­val Justin Gatlin. It was Bolt's fifth tre­ble gold show­ing in ma­jor cham­pi­onships, hav­ing per­formed the same feat at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics in Bei­jing and Lon­don, and world cham­pi­onships in 2009 and 2013 in Ber­lin and Moscow. His sole hic­cup came in the 2011 worlds in Daegu when a false start in the 100m saw him re­turn home with "only" the 200m ti­tle and a re­lay gold.

"This is even bet­ter, just to prove ev­ery­one wrong," Bolt said of his tre­ble in Bei­jing, where his dom­i­nance of world sprint­ing started when he came to promi­nence in the 2008 Olympics.

The tow­er­ing 29-year-old has sat out six weeks of com­pet­i­tive ac­tion this sea­son with pelvic joint pain, but he roared back de­spite a lack of out­ings on the cir­cuit in the most im­pres­sive way. "This sea­son has been rough," he ad­mit­ted. "I'm just hop­ing that next sea­son won't be like this. "I'm go­ing to try my ut­most best to re­ally get on the right track early in the sea­son and just hope­fully can go on to Rio fully ready to run my best.

"I was here to do a job and was much more fo­cused than I nor­mally am be­cause nor­mally I'm in great shape with more races un­der my belt." Af­ter tak­ing the ba­ton from Nickel Ash­meade, Bolt had it all to do. But a blun­der be­tween Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers saw the US quar­tet fall be­hind and later dis­qual­i­fied, leav­ing the way open for Bolt's 11th world gold. "It's al­ways a good way to end a cham­pi­onships like that," he said. "It's pretty much one of my best (re­sults) be­cause of what I've been through this sea­son, the doubts that peo­ple have had, just ev­ery­thing.

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