About Jamaican sprint star’s fitness
Multiple world sprint champion Usain Bolt is gradually taking on the role of the underdog in the run-up to the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in China next month. The Jamaican sensation’s sudden withdrawal from the Paris (France) and Lausanne (Switzerland) Diamond League meetings this week has heightened concerns about his fitness levels going into the global championship in Beijing.
The six-time Olympic champion missed the recent Jamaican National Senior Championships and is currently receiving treatment in Munich, Germany, for a troublesome pelvis injury.
In comparison, his US sprint rivals Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay, as well as his compatriot Asafa Powell, have been burning up the track with fast times.
Eight-time world champion Bolt, however, has yet to dip under 10 seconds in the 100m or break 20 seconds in his specialist 200m.
Even Anaso Jobodwana – with a season-best time of 20.04 – has run faster than Bolt’s mark of 20.29 in the 200m.
Akani Simbine’s 9.99-second win in Slovenia this week, as well as Henricho Bruintjies’ season best of 10.06, are also quicker than Bolt’s season best of 10.12 in the 100m.
Gatlin is currently the world’s fastest man over the 100m and 200m dash. He ran personal bests of 9.74 seconds in