Bolt ready to run his best
04 June 2013, 18:02
Rome - Usain Bolt is looking forward to performing at his best again after being slowed by a hamstring injury a month ago.
The 100-meter world record-holder makes his European debut this season at Thursday's Golden Gala meet.
six-time Olympic champion ran the 100m only once this year, narrowly
edging one of his training partners in a photo finish in the Cayman
Islands on May 8 with a relatively slow time of 10.09 seconds.
did have a bad performance but we went back to the drawing board and
worked out everything. We figured out what went wrong. I'm confident
now," Bolt said on Tuesday. "It's a long season. Last season started
badly also, so I'm just going to keep working.
"My hamstring is
much, much better now," he added. "I'm training hard and hopefully
everything this season will continue to be good."
It's the third consecutive year Bolt is running at the Stadio Olimpico. He won in 9.91 in 2011 and in 9.76 last year.
Bolt's 100 world record of 9.58 was set at the 2009 world championships in Berlin.
feeling great. I've been doing lot of work on my speed endurance the
last couple of weeks," Bolt said. "Everything is coming together. I'm
happy where I'm at and my coach is happy where I'm at. I'm looking
forward to going out there and doing my best."
The 100 field in
Rome includes London Olympic bronze medalist Justin Gatlin and American
teammate Michael Rodgers, both of whom have run under 10 seconds already
this year. Kim Collins, the 2003 world champion from St. Kitts and
Nevis, is also running.
Gatlin should be Bolt's biggest challenger.
never worry about one athlete," Bolt said. "The big championship is
always the big thing or me. He's done a lot this season already but for
me it's when you show up and show that you're the best at the big
championships and that's what I do, so I'm not really worried."
for the world championships in Moscow in August, Bolt will also run the
200 in Oslo next week; the 4x100 relay in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on
June 27; the 200 in Paris on July 6; and the 100 and 4x100 relay in
London on July 26-27.
Also later this month, Bolt will return home for the Jamaican championships.
Bolt also paid tribute retiring Manchester United manager Alex
Ferguson. Known as a big United fan, Bolt has often said - half-jokingly
- that he would like to try playing football when his track career
"Me and Alex were friends so now that there's a new manager
I'm worried it's going to be a little hard for me to make the team,"
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