Never before has a sprinter won the olympic 100- and 200-meter sprint titles twice in a row. The world record holder can be the first, and he knows it too. Bolt wants gold!
"This will be the moment, and this will be the year, that i leave the rest of the world behind," the superstar toned in an interview with british daily "the guardian" (wednesday). Verbally, the olympic champion, world champion and world record holder is already in top form. "A lot of legends and a lot of people have come before me. But this is my time now," the 25-year-old said.
For the past week, he has been preparing with the jamaican team at a training camp in birmingham. "With every training session i get better. I have no other duties now, no worries. It’s all about working out, eating and sleeping," bolt explained.
Not for the first time the 1.95-meter man has announced to the world that he wants to go down in history as a living athletics legend. Now he has to prove it in london. And he is ready for it, also mentally. "I’m always positive. I know what I want. I know what I’m made of," bolt asserted. "You just get stronger when you have to work hard to improve yourself, when you have to go through all these qualifications."
London will not be a self-runner for bolt, he must be especially wary of his compatriot yohan blake. The 22-year-old snatched the 100-meter title from bolt after bolt’s false start in the 2011 world championship final in daegu, south korea, and beat him twice at the jamaican trials.
Blake is the man at the moment, he leads the world 100 meters (9.75 seconds) and 200 meters (19.80) world bests. "It was not a shock for me. It’s good to have your eyes wide open," bolt told the guardian. In addition to successes, you also need jolts to eradicate your mistakes.
"Usain bolt is a phenomenon. I wouldn’t bet against him winning again," said teammate michael frater, who is scheduled to run in the sprint relay. But bolt is really fit? The superstar canceled his start at the diamond league meeting in monaco last friday. An "easy" problem, assured his coach glen mills. Team manager don quarrie also gave the all-clear: "he’s at 101 percent."
Bolt is ready – but so is the competition. U.S. Sprinter tyson gay expects one of the fastest 100-meter finals in olympic history in london. "I really believe that a time of 9.70 seconds is necessary to win a medal. It’s going to be crazy," the 29-year-old former world champion said. Gay expected in final over 100 meters on 5. August a funfkampf: bolt, blake, gay, ex-world record holder asafa powell (jamaica) and u.S. Rival justin gatlin.